Nov. 25, 2003 — The AIDS Coalition of St. Thomas/St. John has announced activities from Nov. 29 through Dec. 6, in celebration of World AIDS Day 2003 on Dec. 1.
"Five people worldwide die of AIDS every minute of every day," reports the World AIDS Day 2003 Web site. "HIV has hit every corner of the globe, infecting more than 42 million men, women and children, 5 million of them last year alone."
And the U.S. Virgin Islands is joining countries in every corner of the globe, from Accra Achimota, Ghana, to Zambales, the Philippines, in holding events to raise awareness of the pandemic. Events are being held in Sweden, London, Ecuador, Kuwait City, Guam, Pretoria, Ankara, Lagos, Melbourne, Kathmandu, and throughout the cities of the United States.
Here's the schedule of activities for St. Thomas and St. John, according to a release:
Walk and Fun Day Nov. 29, 7:30 a.m. until
The American Red Cross is hosting this event, which starts at Market Square East (the Cost-U-Less complex) to Magens Bay with music and food. HIV testing will be done at Magens Bay, through the cooperation of the Red Cross, St. Thomas East End Medical Center and the V.I. Health Department.
HIV 101 Nov. 29, 1 to 6 p.m.
HIV 101 for beginners will be held at Roy L. Schneider Hospital, second floor conference room. It's free, but reservations are required. Call 777-1611.
"Touching God on Behalf of Others" Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The AIDS Coalition faith-based community theme will be celebrated, as New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Church sponsors HIV testing at Philadelphia Seventh Day Adventist Church.
HIV/AIDS trivia contest Dec. 1, 9 a.m.
Radio 105JAMS will conduct a HIV/AIDS trivia contest with prizes and a HIV-positive guest giving testimony. This program is in cooperation with the Red Cross, the East End Medical Center and the V.I. Health Department.
"March Against AIDS" and Candlelight Vigil, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m.
The AIDS Coalition "March Against AIDS," with St. Thomas and St. John school football teams and marching bands, will begin at Frederick Lutheran Church. The march will proceed down Main Street onto Veterans Drive, ending at Emancipation Gardens. The candlelight vigil will immediately follow the march, at approximately 7 p.m.
Public forums on radio, Dec. 2, morning
Radio shows will feature public forums on stigma and discrimination of HIV/AIDS sufferers and their families.
Distribution of literature, Dec. 2, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
American Red Cross will distribute HIV/AIDS literature outside of a downtown nightclub.
Public forum on TV2, Dec. 4, 8:30 p.m.
The AIDS Coalition will conduct a public forum on stigma and discrimination of HIV/AIDS sufferers and their families on Cable Channel 2, "Talk 2" program.
School discussions, Dec. 5, during school hours
HIV/AIDS discussions will be conducted at schools at all levels in the St. Thomas/St. John District.
Free gospel concert, Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
American Red Cross will host a concert at Church of God of Prophecy. Guest speaker will be Rev. Edwin Sanders from Interdenominational Metropolitan Church in Nashville, Tenn. The theme will be stigma, discrimination and the black church's role.
HIV testing will be offered by St. Thomas East End Medical Center and the V.I. Health Department prior to the concert.
Distribution of literature, Dec. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The AIDS Coalition will distribute HIV/AIDS literature in Cruz Bay Park on St. John.
World AIDS Day march and step competition, Dec. 6, 3 p.m.
There will be a march from Four Winds Plaza to Tutu Park Mall, with a step competition for students in center court of the Mall following immediately.
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