GLAM it up for AIDS awareness

Astro Boy and Hutchie from Tuntable Falls Circus will be performing at the third annual GLAM Variety Concert at the Star Court Theatre this Friday.

AIDS Awareness Week kicks off on November 24 with the third annual GLAM (Gay & Lesbian AIDS Memorial) concert at the Star Court Theatre. While it will be a fabulous night of entertainment, there are some sombre facts to keep in mind.

Despite significant progress against HIV/AIDS, it is still a major health issue in the Northern Rivers, with 500 people in the region living with the condition and approximately 20 new infections diagnosed each year.

With these statistics in mind, the Northern Rivers branch of ACON (AIDS Council of NSW) wants Northern Rivers residents to have a great time at GLAM and remember three things.

We want the people of the Northern Rivers region to remember the millions of people around the world who live with or have died from HIV/AIDS. We want them to remember that using condoms prevents HIV/AIDS, and thirdly we want them to remember that buying a red ribbon will help us fight HIV/AIDS, said ACON Northern Rivers branch manager, Tania Lienert.

ACON Northern Rivers is supporting the following AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day events:

Third annual GLAM concert Friday, November 24, Star Court Theatre, Lismore, 7.30pm. A family friendly variety concert (parental guidance after interval) with entertainment from Astro Boy, Tuntable Falls Circus, Dragstas, the Kahoots, Licorice Allsorts, and much more. Tickets are $20/15/10 or $25 for a family from www.etix.com.au or 6621 5600.

Red Ribbon Appeal Friday, November 24 to Friday, December 1. Red Ribbon merchandise is available from The Barrow in Carrington Street, lots of local businesses in the Northern Rivers, or online at www.redribbonday.org.au.

World AIDS Day BBQ Friday, December 1 at ACON, 27 Uralba Street, Lismore, 11am-3pm. For people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, friends and carers. RSVP to ACON on 6622 1555.

Candlelight Vigil Friday, December 1, Heritage Park, Lismore, 5.30pm. A candlelight memorial for people who have died from AIDS.

Freebie: For your chance to win one of four tickets to the GLAM concert phone ACON on 6622 1555 before 12noon on Friday, November 24, to be in the draw.


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