Harrison Sarasola from ACON’s Young Gay Men’s Project, SPARK, will be among the many volunteers hitting the streets of Sydney and regional NSW for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal on World AIDS Day.
According to Harrison, having the opportunity as a young gay man to reflect on the history and significance of the day is what drives his passion to volunteer for the appeal.
“For me it is really important that our history as a community is not forgotten,” Harrison said. “Many of our community elders lost their lives to AIDS, and many more had friends and family pass away. World AIDS Day reminds us of our communities’ battle against the epidemic, which is ongoing.”
The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal is held in the lead up to, and including, World AIDS Day (December 1). This year, volunteers will hit the streets, community hubs and trains stations across NSW on Wednesday 29 November, Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December. Participating businesses will also be selling red ribbons in the weeks leading up to World AIDS Day and fundraising events will be held at various locations in Sydney and regional NSW throughout November.
When appealing to younger members of the LGBTI community to become involved in the appeal, Harrison said the campaign is a great opportunity to make a difference and be part of history.
“I would encourage them to think about just how much change they can make,” he said. “It takes each of us to create change in our community and in the world at large. This is an opportunity for you make a contribution to our communities, and show your support for our goal of ending the transmission of HIV.
“This is a time for our community to look back on just how far we have come in the fight to end HIV, and reflect on the strength and courage of those who were affected by the AIDS epidemic.
“As we continue our efforts to end HIV, we must never forget to pay respect to our elders and to commit ourselves to continuing the fight.
“Join us and get involved with the Red Ribbon Appeal this World AIDS Day!”
GET INVOLVED IN THE RED RIBBON APPEAL
Sell Red Ribbons
You can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, you can bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or you can order a countertop box and sell ribbons to your customers or colleagues.
The 2019 Red Ribbon Street Appeal will take place on Friday 29 November, Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December. Volunteers will be selling ribbons and merchandise and taking donations. Shifts are available in a range of locations in Sydney’s CBD, Inner West, Bondi Junction, North Sydney and Parramatta as well as selected locations throughout regional NSW. Morning, lunchtime and evening shifts are available. Businesses can order countertop boxes stocked with ribbons and merchandise. For more information and to register, visit www.redribbonappeal.org.au/volunteer.
Buy Red Ribbons or Make a Donation
You can buy red ribbons online, on the street, or in participating shops and businesses. Or you can make a cash donation online. To get involved please visit www.redribbonappeal.org.au/get-involved.
Attend a Red Ribbon Appeal/World AIDS Day Event
To view the full calendar of events, visit www.redribbonappeal.org.au/events.
Image: Harrison Sarasola (left) and Angus Molyneux from ACON’s Young Gay Men’s Project, SPARK, supporting the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal