Chattanooga CARES in partnership with Southeast Tennessee Council for HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention (CHACP) will host a community event in observance of World AIDS Day. The event will be held at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza on Thursday, December 1st from 6:00-7:00PM. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who succumbed to the virus. Community speakers will highlight the evening along with a short memorial ceremony. The Praise Team from Saint Marks on the Northshore will be performing throughout the event. Refreshments from Chatta-Cakes Bakery and Milk & Honey will be available to the public.
This year marks the twenty-eighth observance of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme in the United States is Leadership. Commitment. Impact. All three of these have been evident, beginning with President Obama’s administration’s creation of a national strategy, through the TN Department of Health HIV/AIDS/STD/Hepatitis C Section’s funding, to the local AIDS service organizations, all of whom work together to bring the National AIDS Strategy to life in Southeast Tennessee.
As stated by Mark Grantham, Care Chair of CHACP, “By utilizing medical and scientific advances, verified data, and innovative strategies, we are collectively moving closer to an AIDS free generation. However, in order to know where we are going, we need to remember where we have been, which is why it is so critical that we take the time on World AIDS Day to honor the struggle for medical treatment, and to pay homage to all those we have lost too soon. December 1st also serves as a reminder that we are all connected. This is a global pandemic. Approximately 37 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS and another 35 million people have died due to AIDS related complications. The depth and breadth of the lost potential and promise of each of those we mourn is simply overwhelming. We are just thankful that medical treatment and prevention strategies have come so far and we continue to hope for a cure.”
For more information, please contact Mitzi at 423.648.9913