World AIDS Day, observed December 1, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Events recognizing it will take place globally, including one in Grand Rapids.
World AIDS Day ~ Grand Rapids: A Community Reflects, Reacts and Rejoices takes place Saturday, December 1st at 6:30p.m., at Fountain Street Church at 24 Fountain Street N.E.
WADGR Coordinator, Jeffrey Richard Cipcic, saw the need for a renewed focus on AIDS awareness. “As long as people are still testing positive for HIV….there is a need for this event. There is HIV education fatigue as well as ‘it won’t happen to me, I’m not that kind of person’ mentality in our very community.” He adds, “The reality is that people, all types of people, are still putting themselves at risk for contracting this virus and doing so! Many times it is a split second decision, and other times, its plain old ignorance, that will result in a person living with this virus for the rest of their life…….’knowledge is power’”.
“The evening is about bringing people together to reflect for those that lost their battle, react to those who are living with HIV, and to rejoice for the future,” said Cipcic. “We want to open up discussions about HIV/AIDS,” he adds, “and have a beautiful evening in the process.” An eclectic evening is planned including, West Michigan’s 2011 Jazz Society Musician of the Year Edye Evans Hyde, GVSU’s Momentum Dance Co., In Harmony all-inclusive community choir and much more.
In addition to the entertainment scheduled for the evening, there will be an information area with local HIV/AIDS service organizations at the event. Admission is free of charge, with a freewill offering scheduled to take place. Proceeds from the offering will benefit St. Mary’s Health Care Special Immunology Services, which provides direct care and educational resources for those affected by HIV. For more information on the event, visitwww.worldaidsgr.com. or check us out on Facebook at World AIDS Day – GR.Read More