World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died. Vancouver is host to a number of events leading up to the 26th annual edition on Sunday, December 1, 2013.
Voices of Hope (Nov 29)
The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation hosts its annual Voices of Hope concert at Christ Church Cathedral (Georgia and Burrard) on November 29 beginning at 7pm. Performers scheduled to appear include Bodhi Jones, Jasper Sloan Yip, Warren Dean Flandez and Top Line Vocal Collective. Admission is by donation.
AIDS Vancouver 2013 Red Ribbon Reception (Nov 30)
AIDS Vancouver plays host to its annual Red Ribbon Reception. Hosted by Barb Snelgrove, the reception will feature live music from Heidi Morgan and Able, a silent auction, and the Red Ribbon Awards, which were first handed out at AIDS Vancouver’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in July. The $65 tickets include hors d’oeuvres and two drinks with all proceeds assisting AIDS Vancouver in its mission “to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and community based research”. Tickets are available online.
AIDS Vancouver Free Hugs Day (Dec 1)
Out to raise awareness and to dispel the myth as to how HIV/AIDS is spread, volunteers from AIDS Vancouver will be at the Granville Island Skytrain Station from 11am to 3pm.
World AIDS Day at Carnegie Centre (Dec 2)
AIDS Vancouver once again reaches the heart of the Downtown Eastside with this daylong event at the Carnegie Community Centre (401 Main Street) to connect with clients with speakers on HIV related issues and provide outreach and information to one of Canada’s most vulnerable populations.