Lighting the Town RED this World AIDS Day

Some of Merseyside’s best-known landmarks are set to be bathed in red light over the weekend of 30th November and 1st December to mark World AIDS Day.

By lighting the city and surrounding boroughs red we are joining together to raise awareness.  Red symbolising the Red Ribbon, a symbol of compassion and support for people living with HIV.   We are sending out a positive message that as a community we can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV and acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention.

Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Paul Brant, said:

We are proud and pleased to be hosting this year’s vigil at the Cunard Building and lighting up some of our buildings red to mark World AIDS Day.

“The medication that is available to treat HIV means that people with HIV can now lead long and healthy lives.  We need more people to get tested to ensure access to treatment.   We also need to end the stigma attached to HIV and testing – it is a virus that can affect many different communities in society”

Sahir House service user who has been living with HIV for 7 years commented: 

“I feel by seeing the city lit up RED it is sending out a very positive message about how we, as a community can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV, acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention and not to forget all those we have lost to the virus”

Among the buildings taking part are….

  • St Georges Hall
  • The Cunard building
  • Liverpool Town Hall
  • Liverpool Central Library
  • Liverpool University Active Learning Lab
  • St Brides Church
  • Liverpool Community College
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Knowsley Bridge over M62 / Greystone Road
  • M & S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • Liverpool One
  • World Museum, Liverpool
  • Merseyside Police HQ
  • Bootle Town Hall
  • Radio City Tower

On Sunday December 1st Sahir House World AIDS Day Vigil will be held in the Cunard Building on the Strand, Liverpool from 2.30pm.  A selection of the UK AIDS memorial quilts are being exhibited along with art work from Sahir House Many Hands One hear network created in partnership with Homotopia.  Guest speakers will commence at 3.30pm with performance from the Rainbow Chorus Choir.  The event closes with the remembrance list being accompanied by the talented violinist Peter Morgan.  This is a FREE event.

World AIDS Day is on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Over the past 3 decades award winning charity Sahir House have been providing care, support and practical assistance to people living with HIV, their partners, carers, dependants and improving public education in connection with the effects of HIV in the Merseyside area. 

For more information, contact

Serena Cavanagh, Health Promotion Lead

Sahir House 2nd floor, 151 Dale Street, L2 2AH, 0151 237 3989

www.sahir.org.uk       info@sahir.uk.com      @sahirhouse    #WADMerseyside

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