We had a HUGE day at our World AIDS Day stall in Murray Street Mall on Friday, starting at 7am and finishing up at 7pm.
We had a big marquee set up near the information booth and opposite to Zara, handing out red ribbons and World AIDS day merchandise and asking for donations. In total we collected $1,040.00 worth of donations - Thank you to everyone who generously contributed to our fundraising efforts.
The engagement we had with people was really positive, with people stopping by to ask questions about HIV or how they could volunteer with us, to chat about their own personal experiences with HIV or lost loved ones, or express their appreciation for us and tell us how much our work is needed in the community. This was the first time for a number of years that we have had a stall in Murray Street and been so visual on World AIDS Day, so it was great to get such a positive response from the public. Sometimes it is the simplest connection with community that is the most effective in assisting us to break down barriers, build resilience and reduce stigma and discrimination.
Thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us out on the day, we really appreciate it!