Community to pause Tuesday during WorldPride to honour, remember and celebrate those who have died of AIDS or AIDS-related illness.
TORONTO, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The 30th Annual AIDS Candlelight Vigil will be held on Tuesday June 24, 2014. The theme for this year is Human Rights and Diversity.
The Annual AIDS Candelight Vigil is a time to honour, remember and celebrate the people who have died of AIDS or AIDS related illnesses and to encourage and support others who live with this disease every day.
In recognition of the role of the Vigil over the past 30 years and to honour the work of those around the globe as Toronto welcomes visitors for World Pride, the theme highlights how human rights and diversity have played a role and influenced the struggles and response to HIV/AIDS in Toronto and around the world.
Nearly 2,500 people living with HIV/AIDS, friends, family and community join together to honour, remember and celebrate people who have died and people who are still living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Barbara Hall Park (Cawthra Square), 519 Church Street, Toronto
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 8:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Co-Hosts for the WorldPride AIDS Candlelight Vigil are:
- Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, former councillor and former Mayor of Toronto.
- Henry Luyombya, Community activist and Research Coordinator at the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment's project CHAMP 'Community Champions HIV/AIDS Advocates Mobilization Project"
Please note that advance media registration is appreciated and media are requested to sign in prior to 9:00 pm to avoid disruption of the Vigil.
Advance and post event interviews can be arranged upon request.
About the AIDS Vigil:
The AIDS Candlelight Vigil is an open community event held annually at the AIDS Memorial to honour, remember and celebrate the people who have died of AIDS or AIDS related illnesses, or who have given their lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Every year, thousands of candles are lit to honour and remember those who have died, and to encourage and support others who live with this disease every day.
SOURCE: The 519 Church Street Community Centre
For further information: Matthew Cutler, The 519, MCutler@The519.org, 647.828.1653; Todd Ross, AIDS Candlelight Vigil Organizing Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416.505.4740