May 14, 2010
SVG to observe AIDS Candlelight Memorial

St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join with over 100 countries around the world to observe the 27th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, this Sunday, May 16.{{more}}

The memorial brings communities together to remember those lost to HIV and AIDS and support those living with the disease and affected by its impact. It’s intended to move communities to action and is the world’s largest grass roots movement against the disease, spreading hope, developing leaders and uniting communities. This year, some twelve hundred organizations in 109 countries are participating in the Global Health Council led initiative.

This is the second year running that St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be participating. National Coordinator of the programme, Theresa Daniel, says this year several new organisations will be involved in staging Candlelight Memorial events in their respective communities.

For the first time, the Grenadines will be involved, with the Bequia Reading Club also planning an activity for this weekend.

Once again, Police Youth Groups in Chateaubelair, Barrouallie, Layou and Calliaqua will also be holding events in these communities. There will also be events in Victoria Village, Campden Park, Rose Place, and Sion Hill. FirstCaribbean International is once again supporting this event, in another demonstration of its commitment to strengthening and enriching local communities.

The theme for this year’s observation of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is: “Many Lights for Human Rights.”