BELFAST — December 1 is World AIDS Day. There will be a candlelight vigil in Belfast to honor all who live with the challenge of HIV/AIDS, and to remember loved ones who have died of this disease. Participants will gather Wednesday, December 1, from 4:30 - 5 p.m., in Post Office Square, Belfast.
Maintain physical distancing and wear masks please, said a news release.
“Bring candles and your kind hearts,” said the release.
World AIDS Day started in 1988 as the first International Day for world health.
“Covid-19 has demonstrated that no one is safe until everyone is safe,” said the release. “The perseverance and resilience of those who fought to bring the world’s attention to the pandemic of HIV is a power of example to us today. Leaving people behind is not an option, if we are to succeed. Putting people at the center and grounding our response in human rights, gender rights and racial justice are key to ending the colliding pandemics of HIV and Covid-19.”
This annual vigil is sponsored by Camp Chrysalis, a camp in Mid-Coast Maine for children and their families who are affected by HIV/AIDS in their hearts and/ or bodies.