World AIDS Day
Sahir House would like to thank everyone who has supported this year’s World AIDS Day on Merseyside
The World AIDS Day planning group – who meet regularly through the year to plan and support each other in organising such a wide and varied range of events to raise the profile of HIV testing week and World AIDS Day. From student HIV debates, shop window displays, training courses and information stalls in every corner of the community! We’ve reached 100’s of people with up to date information around HIV and testing.
Community fundraising – crucial to Sahir House. From World AIDS Day quizzes, theatre performances, cake sales, fundraising collection in train stations with 1000’s of red ribbons being given out … our running total to date is over £5000!
How amazing is this and there are more collection tins and donations to come.
Publicity – this year we were very excited to have Open Media supporting us.
You may of noticed our information being displayed on 3 of the large digital advertising screens and if you didn’t you need to look up when walking around town!And not too mention a few interviews on local radio.
Lighting the Town RED this World AIDS Day
Some of Merseyside’s best-known landmarks lit the town red over the weekend of 30 November and 1 December to mark World AIDS Day. By lighting the city and surrounding boroughs red we are joining together to raise awareness. Red symbolising the Red Ribbon, a symbol of compassion and support for people living with HIV. We are sending out a positive message that as a community we can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV and acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention.
Among the buildings taking part were:
- St Georges Hall
- The Cunard Building
- Liverpool Town Hall
- Liverpool Central Library
- Liverpool University Active Learning Lab
- Liverpool Community College
- Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
- Knowsley Bridge over M62 / Greystone Road
- Steve Prescot Bridge in St Helens
- M & S Bank Arena, Liverpool
- Liverpool One
- World Museum, Liverpool
- Merseyside Police HQ
- Bootle Town Hall
- Radio City Tower
World AIDS Day Vigil – this years was set in the beautiful Cunard buliding. An amazing space with an incredible décor to match.
We were honored again to be able to display a selection of the UK AIDS Memorial quilts alongside some of our own smaller ones.
This year Homotopia collaborated with Many Hands One Heart – Sahir House’s LGBT Refugee/People Seeking Asylum group to create 7 large banners displaying messages from the group. The space was perfect to display these banners to show the work of the group.
We heard from a range of speakers, talking about World AIDS and Liverpool’s commitment to the ongoing work of raising awareness of HIV testing and reducing HIV stigma.
Dr Emily Clarke:
“As a doctor, the medications available to me to manage HIV have changed beyond all recognition. Some of those who we remember today never had the opportunity to take medication. But perhaps the greatest advance in HIV in recent years is the knowledge that U=U, that if you are living with HIV with an undetectable viral load on treatment you cannot pass HIV on. There is zero risk.”
Hearing from the heart is always powerful and this year our speakers who spoke about living with HIV and the impact of stigma, even though living with the knowledge of U=U, were amazing.
Before the remembrance list we showed a short film made by CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association) which was written by a group of young people living with HIV, a very dynamic film which is a must to watch. Please click here to view.
The remembrance list was accompanied by violinist Peter Morgan, a perfect end to the event.