A ceremony to mark World Aids Day will be held in the Courtyard of the Guildhall in Northampton tomorrow.
The Guildhall ceremony has been organised by Northampton Borough Council to raise awareness of World AIDS Day and encourage people to understand more about HIV and AIDS and their effect on people’s lives.
The Mayor of Northampton, Councillor Penelope Flavell, 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 is held on December 1 each year and 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. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Councillor Mary Markham, leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “World AIDS Day is an important day to mark to remember those who have lost their fight and those that are living with HIV, as well as raising awareness of the organisations working to find a cure. I hope as many people as possible 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, visit www.worldaidsday.org