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World AIDS Day
AVERT's World AIDS Day 2013 Activities
This year AVERT, with our partners, Brighton World AIDS Day Community Partnership, and volunteers from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Institute of Development Studies, marked World AIDS Day by unveiling the world's largest awareness ribbon at The Level in Brighton. The red ribbon is a symbol of awareness, solidarity and a reminder of those we have lost.
The ribbon unveiling was opened with speeches by Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and former Leader of the Green Party and James Cole, Sussex University Co-ordinator, the Student Stop Aids Campaign. Before laying the ribbon on the ground, a one minute silence was held in memory of those no longer with us.
This ribbon was created by Dr Surya Rao in India to raise awareness of HIV across the world, and was first showcased in the UK last year at Anfield Stadium, in collaboration with Standard Chartered and Liverpool FC.
"AVERT is going big with the world's largest AIDS awareness ribbon, to remind people that HIV is not a thing of the past. Our ‘You, Me & HIV’ e-Action takes readers on a round-the-world trip to show the impact of HIV. We are making great strides in combating HIV, but there is still more to do to ensure HIV prevention initiatives are reaching those who need them, and that support for the 35 million people currently living with HIV worldwide is sustained." - Rosemary Gillespie, AVERT Chief Executive
'You, Me & HIV' e-Action
To mark World AIDS Day on a global scale, AVERT invites you on a virtual journey around the world to learn about the many ways that HIV can affect people through our You, ME & HIV e-Action.
You will meet our friends in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Middle East. They will tell you stories about how HIV has affected them. We hope the facts will help you educate and protect yourself and your networks - HIV can affect anyone.
The e-Action can be taken in 12 different languages. Start your journey now > >
Support AVERT’s Work on World AIDS Day
See how much you can raise this World AIDS Day! Do something amazing and fundraise for AVERT.
Every penny donated will help us to continue our vital work, raising awareness and mobilising resources to respond to HIV and AIDS all over the world.
Whether it’s a marathon, bake sale or sponsored silence, AVERT can provide all of the resources to make sure you throw a fantastic fundraiser.
Look through our community fundraising pack for inspiration, then email us to request fundraising resources such as AVERT T-Shirts, ribbons and collection boxes to help you on your way.
Check out our dedicated fundraising pages for more ideas.
What AVERT did for World AIDS Day 2012
- In partnership with Standard Chartered Bank and its sponsorship of Liverpool Football Club, AVERT displayed the world's largest red ribbon at Anfield Stadium during the Liverpool versus Southampton match on 1st December. The world's largest ribbon was created in 2008 to promote awareness by renowned Indian HIV physician Dr Kutikuppala Surya Rao.
- AVERT published ‘ Reflections on the Epidemic’ - a series of articles written for AVERT by global leaders, writers, experts, activists, physicians, and people personally affected by HIV and AIDS.
- In addition, AVERT also launched your AVERT Educator Booklet to provide key facts about HIV and AIDS.
About World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting stigma, improving education, mobilising resources and raising funds to better our response to HIV and AIDS. 2.5 million people continue to be infected with HIV each year, with 2,400 young people newly infected every day. Raising awareness and knowledge of HIV is crucial to get these figures to zero. Join us on World AIDS Day 2013 and take part in the global HIV response.