Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge pylons will be lit red on Wednesday and Thursday nights to mark World AIDS Day on Thursday 1 December. Volunteers will be selling red ribbons, international symbol of HIV/AIDS awareness, to raise funds to support education campaigns design to prevent the spread of HIV and to provide services for people living with HIV and AIDS across NSW.
The event reminds us that HIV and AIDS remain a serious health threat around the world, and is having a catastrophic effect in third world countries. Sub-Saharan Africa bears the greatest burden, with over 67 per cent of people living with HIV and AIDS, even though it has only 11 per cent of the world's population.
On 7 November Council unanimously agreed to contribute $20,000 to the Sydney World AIDS Day event, being organised by the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Council also gave in principle support for efforts by HIV and AIDS organisations to advance Sydney as possible host city for either the 2014 or 2016 International AIDS Conference.