World AIDS Day was recognized across the globe on December 1. The day was created to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, and acknowledge the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS all over the world.
As part of the celebrations on Monday, December 1, we invited the community to join us at our Open House to visit our new home in Richmond Hill. And we held a candlelight vigil to commemorate this special day.
For more details about our World AIDS Day related activities, please go to Day.
Our activities leading up to World AIDS Day included a free and anonymous HIV testing drive event at our Richmond Hill office on Monday, November 24, which marked the beginning of World AIDS Awareness Week.
Community members, organizations, local politicians, even the world’s most adorable doggies joined us in our online social media campaign, Red for Change, by wearing something Red between November 24 and November 28. Red for Change encouraged everyone to ‘Wear it, Hold it, Show it!’ for World AIDS Day. They shared a photo wearing, holding or showing us something red – and told us why World AIDS Day is important to them.
Even doggies Chip and Zevie got on the Red for Change awareness
bandwagon in advance of World AIDS Day. For many more
Red for Change photos, click on photo above and scroll through the pictures.
Did you know that December 2 was @GivingTuesdayCa ? Giving Tuesday is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering that takes place each year after Cyber Monday. The opening day of the giving season, it was a day where charities, companies and individuals joined together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.