Ceremony to mark World Aids Day in Northampton

Published: Thursday, 28 November 2019

World Aids Day will be marked in Northampton with a short civic ceremony in the Guildhall Courtyard on Monday 2 December.

Organised by Northampton Borough Council the ceremony aims to highlight the awareness day and increase the understanding of HIV and AIDS and how they affect peoples' lives. World AIDS Day 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. 

Falling as part of the 16 days of activism campaign this year, the Borough Council hopes to use the day to raise awareness of the ongoing issue of gender-related violence which affects men and women of all cultures and sexuality around the world.

Following a speech from one of the forum chairs at 12pm, the Mayor of Northampton will lead a minute's silence before lighting candles to show support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have passed away.

A spokesperson for Northampton Borough Council said: "World AIDS Day is an important day as it reminds us that HIV has not gone away. There is still a need to improve education and raise money to help organisations that are working to develop a cure. As well as provide vital support to people living with HIV. 

"Everyone is welcome to join us for the short ceremony. Please do come along to show your support."

World AIDS Day ribbons will be available for a donation in the Guildhall's One Stop Shop.