World AIDS Day in Northampton 2016
A ceremony to mark World AIDS Day will be held in the Courtyard at the Guildhall in Northampton on Thursday 1 December.
The Guildhall ceremony has been organised by Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and increase understanding of HIV and AIDS and their effect on people's lives.
The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Christopher Malpas, will lead the ceremony which will begin at midday. This will be followed by a minute’s silence and the lighting of candles. The Mayor will be joined by representatives from the town’s community forums and members of the public are invited to come along.
World AIDS Day has been held on 1 December every year for the last 28 years. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “World AIDS Day is an important day because it reminds us all that HIV has not gone away. There is still a vital need to improve education and raise money to help organisations that are working on a cure and those who provide invaluable support to those living with HIV and their families. I hope people will come to The Guildhall to join us at the ceremony to show their support.”
World AIDS Day ribbons will be available on the day in the One Stop Shop for people to pick up and make a donation.
For further information about World AIDS Day please visit www.worldaidsday.org