Farha Foundation

Farha Foundation

November 23, 2006 17:08 ET

18th World AIDS Day: Lulu Hughes and Evelyn Farha Ask the people of Quebec to "Act Against Indifference"

World AIDS Day 2006 - Civic Vigil

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 23, 2006) - The eleven Montreal partner organizations(1) of the December 1st 2006 Collective for people living with HIV invites you to a civic vigil under the call to "Act Against Indifference" during the 18th annual World AIDS Day(2). This commemorative event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1st in the Parc de l'Espoir, located at the corner of Ste. Catherine street East and Panet. Refreshments will be served at Club Cocktail immediately following this outdoor gathering.

There are an estimated 20,000 people living with HIV in Quebec, 6,000 of whom live with AIDS, and 30% of whom are heterosexual. In fact, 50% of the Canadian cases of women and children who are living with AIDS reside in Quebec. It is furthermore estimated that an additional 1,500 individuals will become seropositive this year... four people per day... one person every six hours.

These little known figures(3) demonstrate the need to maintain the fight against HIV/AIDS. Just beneath these statistics lies a harsh, daily reality for the people whose quality of life has been affected by HIV/AIDS, not to mention the millions of human beings who have lost their lives since the beginning of this epidemic. As such, the December 1st 2006 Collective firmly believes that now is the time to act against the indifference which threatens the accomplishments that have been thus far realized.

In choosing "Act Against Indifference" as the theme for World AIDS Day 2006, the Collective wishes to counterbalance the lack of understanding that prevails around HIV/AIDS. By recalling past struggles and by offering moral support to those who are affected or infected by HIV/AIDS, we can address the apathy which results from this lack of understanding. A public vigil represents one of the best ways to achieve these goals.

The idea is quite straightforward: the people of Quebec are invited to meet over the course of 15 minutes in Parc de l'Espoir. Participants are invited to gather at 5:30 p.m. in remembrance and in solidarity with people who are living with HIV/AIDS, and those close to them. Amongst other activities, Lulu Hugues, one of the spokespersons for the Farha Foundation, and Evelyn Farha, the honorary president of the same organization, will welcome those gathered. Afterwards, participants are invited to head towards Club Cocktail for refreshments and further activities.

18th World AIDS Day - December 1st, 2006
Public Vigil 5:30 p.m. Parc de l'Espoir (Ste-Catherine East/Panet)
Refreshments 6:00 p.m. Club Cocktail (1669 Ste.-Catherine street East)

(1) ACCM, Action Sero Zero, CASM, CPAVIH, CRISS, CSSS Jeanne-Mance, DSP de Montreal-Centre, GAPVIES, Maison Aaron, Maison Plein Cour and Stella.

(2) An initiative of the World AIDS Campaign (http://www.worldaidscampaign.info/).

(3) Source : Programme de surveillance du VIH/sida au Quebec, Direction de la sante publique, Portrait de l'infection par le VIH et du sida au Quebec, December 2002 & HIV and AIDS in Canada - Surveillance Report to June 31, 2001, Public Health Agency of Canada, 30 June 2001.

Contact Information

  • Jean-Francois Roberge
    Francophone spokesperson
    Coalition for the 1st of December 2006
    514-521-7778, ext. 23
    Ken Monteith
    Anglophone spokesperson
    Coalition for the 1st of December 2006