World AIDS Day 1st December.
World AIDS Day is a time for us all to unite and support our fellow Australian’s living with HIV and commemorate those we have lost to AIDS.
Since 1988, the world comes together each year on December 1st with the aim to encourage people from all walks of life to be aware of HIV, take action to reduce the transmission of HIV, and ensure that all those living with HIV are treated with respect and inclusivity in their communities, free from stigma and discrimination.
The World AIDS Day theme for 2019 is “Every Journey Counts.”
Everybody can help to educate others, support those living with HIV, and remember those lost to AIDS, it can be as simple as a hashtag, or buying a ribbon.
So, how is Perth getting on board with World AIDS Day in 2019?
Perth Light the City Up Red!
This year, on December 1, WAAC is partnering with various landmarks around the CBD to light the city up red. Fancy yourself a bit of a photographer? Follow the trail of landmarks below and take some arty photos to upload to social media with the hashtags #EveryJourneyCounts and #WorldAIDSday2019
Crown Perth, Optus Stadium, Matagarup Bridge, Yagan Square, Council House, St Mary's Cathedral, The Bell Tower, Elizabeth Quay, The Old Mill, Perth Concert Hall, Regal Theatre, Trafalgar Bridge and The Court
There will also be several World AIDS Day and AIDS Awareness Week events in the Perth metropolitan area.
Since 1994, MAC AIDS fund has been raising money and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Each year, MAC Cosmetics hosts a Good Spirits Day in celebration of World AIDS Day. This is an opportunity for people living with HIV in Perth to be pampered by MAC makeup artists. The MAC company embraces diversity, and its mantra "all ages, all races, all sexes" reflects this. Thank you MAC!
World AIDS Day Small Grants:
Thanks to the WA Department of Health’s Sexual Health & Blood-Borne Virus Program, health promotion officers, public and community health users, Aboriginal health workers and other relevant providers in remote and regional areas of the state are invited to apply for grants up to $615 (plus GST).
These grants can be used to host community information events, create resources, competition prizes, posters and advertisements, and events with an HIV-positive guest speaker, during AIDS Awareness Week (25-30 November) or World AIDS Day on December 1st.
The WA AIDS Council is facilitating the small grant application process, and regardless of whether an application is successful, World AIDS day merchandise (ribbons, pins, post-its, pens etc.) are freely available upon request.
The key to ending stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV is education and conversation. It can start with something as simple as a hashtag.
The official hashtags for World AIDS Day 2019 are:
Because #EveryJourneyCounts, here are some ideas for things you can do to get behind World AIDS Day on social media.
1. Host a Red Dinner and share your pics on social media with the hashtags
2. Snap a selfie looking fabulous in something Red, and share to social media with the hashtags
3. Paint your nails red and share a photo to social media with the hashtags
4. Make sure you and all your friends wear Red lipstick, everyone can get involved! Don’t forget the hashtags!
Without the funding and donations of everyday Australian’s towards HIV and AIDS support and research, the treatments available today may not have been possible. Every little bit counts, and here are some ways you can donate:
1. Buy a Red Ribbon
2. Make a donation from our web page.
Other ways you can add to the conversation on World AIDS Day is by hosting an HIV Facts Info talk at your workplace. Small conversations are always the start of big movements!
For your workplace download a World AIDS Day 2019 email signature banner to help raise awareness for this day in the lead up to and during the month of December.
You can also contact WAAC on 9482 0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a safe sex pack at any time.
Having safe sex is the simplest way to reduce the number of people living with HIV.
The biggest impact doesn’t come from a few people doing things perfectly, it comes from everybody doing their little bit, consistently.