Vigil and Memorial Walk Planned for 2008 World AIDS Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-17-2008

Kathleen McPartland
530-898-4260
Public Affairs
Tray Robinson
Diversity Coordinator
530-898-4764

A coalition of county, community and California State University, Chico organizations has planned a full day of information and activities to observe World AIDS Day on Monday, Dec. 1. City Council members and others will speak at a candlelight vigil and memorial walk (rain or shine) that begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Bell Memorial Union on the CSU, Chico campus.

The World AIDS Day choir, made up of CSU, Chico students who got together for the first time to support the cause last year, will perform again.

Following the vigil and walk, there will be a reception in the BMU, where AIDS quilts made by local individuals will be on display.

During the day, an information faire will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also in the BMU. Organizations such as Caring Choices will be available to talk about how they support community members diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

Free Rapid HIV Antibody testing will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in BMU 312 and 314. All tests are confidential and oral (no blood draw). Test results are available in 20 to 40 minutes.

A memorial tent will be set up in the Free Speech Area where people can write and post letters to people they know with HIV or AIDS.

In the Free Speech Area, there will be additional displays sponsored by the Associated Students to educate the university community about HIV and AIDS.

“I’d like to encourage the entire campus and community to attend this event, both to educate themselves about HIV and AIDS and to support those who are affected by this disease,” said Tray Robinson, director of University Diversity Programs. “Many people, especially youth, think they can’t contract HIV, but it is still prevalent in our communities. Because AIDS and HIV have been taboo topics for many people, it is important that we educate ourselves and talk to others about these diseases.”

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