World AIDS Day 2016 Events

Aunt Rita’s Foundation is sponsoring 15 sections of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, which consist of 8 panels each that are 3’x6’ in size. This represents a minimum of 120 lives honored by the panels that will be displayed that day, many from Arizona. The panels will be available for viewing from November 29th to December 8th, excluding December 2nd and 3rd, at The Parsons Center for Wellness, 1101 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. They will also be on-site at the RED Brunch at the Phoenix downtown Sheraton.

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World AIDS Day is held on the first day of December each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for those living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have passed. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and was the first ever global health day. Worldwide, over 35 million people have died from AIDS since 1981, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Beginning November 29th the Embers of Light discussions take place in the evening facilitated by local HIV agencies. There will be a AIDS Candlelight Vigil Walk on December 1st at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness 1101 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. The walk will begin and end at the center. The event will have speakers that include First Lady of Phoenix, Nicole Stanton and former Phoenix City Council member, Tom Simplot.

For those who would like to make a panel to add to the national quilt, Aunt Rita’s Foundation has instructions on how to construct them. Aunt Rita’s Foundation will be taking panels until December 10, 2016 to ship back with the national quilt panels. For information on panels call Kit Kloeckl at 602-882-8675.

QUILT PANELS:

November 29 - 9am-6pm 

November 30 - 9am-6pm 

December 1 - 9am-9pm

December 2 - 9am-10pm

December 3 - closed

December 4 – closed

December 5 - 9am-6pm 

December 6 - 9am-6pm 

December 7 - 9am-6pm 

December 8 - 9am-6pm 

WHERE:

The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness

1101 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

FEE:
Free

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL WALK:
December 1st, 2016

6:00pm – 8pm
The walk begins and ends at The Parsons Center for Health and Wellness 1101 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. There will be a program with a reading of the names of loved ones lost by friends and family. Speakers include First Lady of Phoenix, Nicole Stanton and former Phoenix City Council member, Tom Simplot

Embers of Light Discussion Series:

November 29th:

4pm HIV and Children facilitated by Phoenix Children’s Hospital 
6pm HIV and Nutrition facilitated by Joshua Tree Feeding Program

November 30:
4pm Disparities in Black HIV Health facilitated by Ebony House
6pm HIV and Native Health facilitated by Native Health Phoenix

December 1 WORLD AIDS DAY:
4pm, 6pm and 8pm Viewing of the powerful documentary, “The Last One,” hosted by Aunt Rita’s Foundation, which traces back to the creation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. See a preview, below.

December 2:
6pm AIDS Quilt Panel Discussion facilitated by Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil

December 5:
4pm HIV and Aging facilitated by HIV Care Directions
6pm HIV and the Media facilitated by invited panel

December 6:
4pm HIV and Complementary and Alternative Medicine
6pm HIV Stigma and Youth facilitated by one n ten

December 7:
4pm HIV and Mental Health facilitated by Southwest Center for HIV – focus on the holidays
6pm HIV and Substance Abuse facilitated by Terros Health

December 8:
4pm Long Term Survivor Syndrome facilitated by Phoenix AIDS Candlelight Vigil
6pm HIV and Stigma facilitated by HEAL International


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