Events Hope to Educate and Raise Awareness About AIDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-27-2007

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

Events sponsored by the Butte County World AIDS Day Planning Committee and California State University, Chico on Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30, will bring attention to the devastating global and local impacts of AIDS.
All activities are free to the public. Donations will benefit the local HIV Emergency Food Closet as well as future HIV/AIDS awareness programs and activities.

On Nov. 29 CSU, Chico will be hosting an information fair on the first floor of the Bell Memorial Union Mall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Following at 6 p.m. will be an evening candlelight vigil ceremony/walk starting in the CSU, Chico Free Speech Area to honor those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have lost the fight with the disease. A reception at Selvester’s Café-by-the-Creek on the University campus will be held directly following the vigil/walk and will showcase local HIV Quilts.

On Friday, Nov. 30, the World AIDS Day Committee is hosting a concert benefit at the Chico Area Recreation and Park District (CARD) Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to raise funds for the local HIV Emergency Food Closet. The event will include presentations by Dr. Mark Lundberg, Butte County Health Officer, and Dr. Abdullah Al-Dwairi, a leading physician in the fields of HIV and hepatitis C infection.

Entertainment at the concert will include Kouyaté Lansana, featuring the West African Drumming/Dance Troop, Perry Johnson, Mike Joyce and the Rockhounds.

The goal of the activities is to educate people about HIV/AIDS, encourage HIV awareness and create community dialogue about prevention, care and treatment.

Contact Tray Robinson, CSU, Chico diversity coordinator, for more information at 898-4764.

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