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World AIDS Day

Reconnect and Remember
World AIDS Day takes place annually on 1 December and in 2018 marked its third decade.  Read the full report for 2018 here.

As part of the campaign and to mark World AIDS Day’s 30-year milestone anniversary, Sahir House exhibited a selection of panels from the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt project in venues across Liverpool which was funded by Awards for All.   The Quilt panels are an irreplaceable piece of social history and tells the stories of many of those lost in the early days of the HIV AIDS epidemic in the 80’s and 90’s.   Each individual panel commemorates someone who died of AIDS and has been lovingly made by their friends, lovers or family.

Homotopia, Liverpool’s LGBT Arts festival commissioned a local artist to create a new panel for the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt to acknowledge the 30th year of World AIDS Day.

Serena Cavanagh is Health Promotion Lead at Sahir House, she added: “It is great that Homotopia chose to support and recognise the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt project by commissioning a new panel which carries on the legacy. This year’s 30th World AIDS Day campaign shows how far we have come and strengthens the message of hope and activism.”

A special screening of a recently made documentary ‘After 82’ was screened in the Museum of Liverpool to launch the Liverpool Quilt Trail as the film featured a panel made by London Lighthouse which was on display at this event.  Five years in the making, After 82 looks back over these years using first-hand personal accounts from the people who were affected and those people and organisations that were, and still are, there to support them.

Peter Tatchell:
‘Living through the AIDS pandemic was like living through a war.’
Jonathan Blake: ‘That was it, I was going to commit suicide.’
Lord Norman Fowler: ‘The ward was full of young men dying of AIDS and there was nothing we could do about it.’

Guests were privileged to have a panel of guest speakers following the screening including Jonathan Blake who was diagnosed in 1982 and spoke about his experience of living with HIV for 36 years.

Other panels were displayed in Liverpool Cathedral, St Brides and all panels were brought together to be displayed in St Georges Hall on World AIDS Day. 

As a local charity Wold AIDS Day is a great opportunity to raise much needed funds.  Many volunteers and supporters were out and about giving out red ribbons and collecting donations in the lead up to December 1st.  From Merseyrail train stations, university nights, social groups to local bars and clubs and window displays in the city centre.

Sahir House facilitate the Merseyside World AIDS Day planning group which meets on a monthly basis to share ideas and plan activities for this international health day.  By working together, we can share resources and maximise the impact we have on Merseyside.  

If you would like to attend this planning group please get in touch with Serena Cavanagh at Sahir House.

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UK AIDS Memorial Quilt