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25th Anniversary AIDS Candlelight Vigil to commemorate long-term survivors, activists

TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Thousands of candles will be lit on June 25, 2009 in tribute to those who live with and have been lost to HIV/AIDS. This year's 25th Anniversary AIDS Candlelight Vigil will focus on the courage and commitment of long-term HIV/AIDS survivors as well as the broader HIV/AIDS community who have shaped and sustained the fight for over 25 years. The Vigil will take place at the AIDS Memorial in Cawthra Square Park, next to The 519 Church Street Community Centre, on Thursday evening, June 25 starting at 9 pm.

The Vigil is held every year during the annual Pride Week. "We are especially pleased to honour Long Term Survivors who have sustained this battle over more than 25 years," said Kay Roesslein and Ryan Tremblay, Co-Chairs of the Vigil Organizing Committee. "They and others who have long toiled in the fight against HIV/AIDS exemplify the spirit of this year's Pride Theme, Can't Stop, Won't Stop. We honour, remember, celebrate, and also encourage and support them."

"As we mark 25 years, the Vigil will feature many firsts in tribute to the AIDS community," said Roesslein. "A Vigil song commissioned specifically for and donated to the Vigil will be performed by the award winning songwriter Glenn Marais of Toronto." In addition to his work as an accomplished song writer, Marais works to raise funds for the Cotlands Orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa.

For the first time in the history of the Vigil, three co-hosts will emcee the ceremony together including Juno award winner and long term survivor Billy Newton Davis. He will be joined by long time survivor and activist Shari Margolese and her son Quinn. Margolese's and her son's participation as vigil co-hosts marks the first time that a mother and her child (teenage son) have co-hosted the ceremony.

The candle lighting ceremony will illuminate the shared values and stories of survivors, activists and communities who have come together in the face of the pandemic for over 25 years. The program will include many special guests reflecting the community's tremendous work, passion and dedication. The passing of long-time activist James Kreppner and Nitto Marquez from ACT are among many more names of those honoured this year.

For the special anniversary, organizers unveiled a new logo designed by Ryan Tremblay, Co-Chair of the Vigil Organizing Committee. "For the special anniversary, organizers unveiled a new logo designed by Ryan Tremblay, Co-Chair of the Vigil Organizing Committee. "The new logo symbolizes a tribute to the pioneers of the AIDS Vigil and the iconic AIDS Memorial wall," said Tremblay, "in recognition of the special sacred place the AIDS Memorial and Vigil hold in our community." ," said Tremblay, "in recognition of the special sacred place the AIDS Memorial and Vigil hold in our community."

The AIDS Candlelight Vigil is an open community event held annually at the AIDS Memorial to remember, honour and celebrate the people who have died of AIDS or AIDS related illnesses, or who have given their lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Vigil is a multi-cultural spiritual event accepting and respecting people of all cultures, faiths, traditions and communities. The Vigil welcomes all people who have been infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and embraces anyone who has experienced a loss or losses due to HIV/AIDS.

 

For further information:

Kay Roesslein, Co-Chair, Organizing Committee:
kroesslein@loftcs.org,
(416) 929-6228;
Ryan Tremblay, Co-Chair, Organizing Committee:
ryan.tremblay@gmail.com,
(416) 880-9428


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