World AIDS Day 2016 was another significant time for the WA AIDS Council. The Council built on the events of 2015, and this year also involved the whole community with a billboard advertising campaign. The theme "Is this what we are telling our kids about HIV?" asked the community to start a conversation, to talk to young people about sex and STI's, and not forget the history of HIV in Australia. The billboards were positioned at three busy locations, on two Perth Cat buses, and were supported by a range of other activities to coincide with World AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day.
Each day throughout World AIDS Awareness Week, Council staff participated in radio interviews with local station RTRFM. Topics discussed range from HIV & Ageing, AIDS Awareness and How to Reach Zero Transmissions and Leavers, AIDS and KISS.
You can listen to all of the conversations here: http://rtrfm.com.au/story/world-aids-day/
To coincide with World AIDS Awareness Week and Leavers, two new resources, a fact sheet "How to Talk to Your Kids About Sex" and a brochure "Sending Sexy Selfies" were developed for parents and young people to navigate the world of sexual relationships.
People living with HIV were in Perth were treated to two events as part of World AIDS Awareness Week, the annual MAC Good Spirits event and the PLHIV Community and Family BBQ. Both events were well attended and a good time was had by all. A huge thank you to Daniel and the team at MAC, and the WAAIDS staff who prepared the yummy food for the barbecue.
The following people and organisations very generously collected money on behalf on the AIDS Council:
Muzz Buzz Innaloo
Elizabeth Sadleir, Solicitor
Alan Man, Ernst and Young
Norton Rose Fulbright
Together they raised over $2,000 to support the work of the Council and people living with HIV in WA. Thank you!!
Zero Art Exhibition
For the first time, WAAIDS hosted Zero, an art exhibition inspire by the world wide goal of Zero transmissions, Zero stigma and Zero deaths from AIDS related illnesses. The opening night was held on World AIDS Day, and was attended by a very large crowd at the PSA Fremantle.
Guests enjoyed delicious food, wandered among the amazing pieces, and heard from Fremantle Mayor Dr Brett Pettitt, Deputy Chairperson Ren Adams, as well as WA NAPWHA representative Paul Baines. The event raised well over $6,000 for the Council.
Film Screening at the Piazza
World AIDS Awareness Week culminated in the Council's public screening of the film Pride, at the Northbridge Piazza. The chilly air didnt deter dozens from enjoying this heartwarming story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who decided to raise money to support the families of the striking miners during Thatcher's England.
Before the film, WAAIDS Board Chairperson Asunka Gunasekera called for a WA PrEP trial, while WA NAPWHA representative Ryan Oliver gave a passionate speech on behalf on people living with HIV in WA, using the theme HIV is still here, and it's on the move.