AIDS Candlelight Memorial

THE 2012 Northern Rivers Candlelight Memorial annual remembrance event for people lost to HIV/AIDS will take place this year on May 25 to coincide with similar international events.

It be held in the Cedar Room at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre on Carrington St in Lismore. The hour-long ceremony will begin at 6pm.

The event is produced by ACON, NSW's largest community-based HIV/AIDS organisation.

ACON Northern Rivers Manager Marie Reilly says moving the event from its regular date on World AIDS Day in December to the new date in May will add to its significance, both locally and globally.

"Most countries, and indeed other states in Australia, have their official commemorations on or around the International Candlelight Memorial Day in May and moving the Northern Rivers' memorial event to coincide with similar events in Australia and around the world will allow us to become part of a global day of remembrance for the partners, family, and friends we have lost to HIV/AIDS," she said.

Ms Reilly says having the memorial in May will also increase the opportunity for people to attend.

"World AIDS Day has become a day full of many events related to HIV/AIDS and shifting Candlelight to May will give our community in the Northern Rivers a better opportunity to focus on this important occasion for reflection and remembrance."   

The event will follow a similar format to previous Candlelight Memorials with the names of lost loved ones being read out during the ceremony.

Names and donations can be lodged here on the Candlelight website.

What:                     Northern Rivers Candlelight Memorial
When:                    Friday 25 May, 2012, 6pm
Where:                  Cedar Room, Lismore Neighbourhood Centre, Carrington St, Lismore


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