Procession set to raise AIDS awareness

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WORLD AIDS Day is on Thursday December 1 and Eastbourne mayor Carolyn Heaps will be wearing a red ribbon and leading a procession from the Town Hall to the seafront.

She will be joined by members of the BourneOut Group, fellow councillors, Sussex Police and representatives of other organisations in Eastbourne and East Sussex. The Town Hall clock will also be illuminated red especially for the day and processors will be carrying red balloons.

Councillor Heaps said, “I am pleased to be leading a procession in support of World AIDS Day drawing people’s attention to the fact that this near forgotten disease is still very much with us.

“I would love to see as many people as possible come and walk alongside us and show compassion for the many people who have died of AIDS, and the 90,000 people in the UK who live with HIV every day. We all need to become more aware of HIV and I hope that through this very visual method of support we will go some way to raising its profile.”

The procession will leave the Town Hall steps at 6.30pm and walk to the seafront where the mayor will lead those gathered in remembrance and celebration of the lives of people who have sadly passed, and those who live every day with HIV. Then it is on to the Hart Pub in Cavendish Place for the balloon release ceremony, a hot drink, light refreshments and an evening of entertainment.

George Chapman, member of the BourneOut Group said, “Started in 1988, World AIDS Day is not just about raising money, but also about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education.

“World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done. It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one now should die of ignorance.”