World AIDS Day – Make An Impact During ACON’s Red Ribbon Appeal

Written by Staff Writers
Category: Agenda Published: Tuesday, 02 November 2021 11:21

People and communities in New South Wales are being urged to get involved with the Red Ribbon Appeal to raise funds and awareness for initiatives eliminating stigmas, ending transmissions of, and supporting those living with, HIV.

The Red Ribbon Appeal is organised by AIDS Council Of NSW (ACON), and is an annual campaign held through November and culminating on World AIDS Day (1 December).

“Even during the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot afford to become complacent or forget that HIV remains with us,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says. “We need to continue to bring attention to efforts that will end HIV transmission and reflect on where we have been. Though we have achieved so much in the fight against HIV, there is still a long way to go. The Red Ribbon Appeal allows us to raise awareness and funds to continue this important work.”

You can get involved in the appeal by hosting (COVID-safe!) activities or events. This can be done either in person or virtually, too.

“In 2020, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our fundraising activities caused a significant shortfall in funds raised from the appeal,” Nicolas continues. “Now that we’re able to gather again in person, we’re hopeful people will get behind this year’s Red Ribbon Appeal and help us raise much-needed funds.”

“For those who would still like the option of participating in the appeal online, we’re providing our popular virtual initiatives from last year to make sure everyone can get involved, no matter where they are.”

ACON’s Red Ribbon Appeal runs throughout November. Red Friday is 26 November and World AIDS Day is 1 December. Download the host kit or dedicate a ribbon on the Virtual Red Ribbon wall.

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