November 1, 2010 - Vancouver, BC - AIDS Vancouver Director Bradford McIntyre, who has been living infected with HIV for 26 years, presented the We Care RED RIBBON Campaign Public Service Announcement, Stigma: The Silent Epidemic. Breaking Down the Silence.
Emcee: Brian Chittock, Executive Director, AIDS Vancouver. Speaker -
Bradford McIntyre Director, Board of Directors, AIDS Vancouver. When : November 1 st , 2010. 1:00pm Where : Vancouver City Hall , Media Room , 453 West 12th Avenue , Vancouver V5Y 1V4 Description : We Care Red Ribbon Campaign
"IT HAS BEEN NEARLY THIRTY YEARS SINCE
THE FIRST REPORTED CASE OF HIV AND SILENCE STILL PLAGUES THE HIV/AIDS MOVEMENT.
WITHIN THIS SHROUD OF SILENCE, IGNORANCE AND FEAR HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FLOURISH THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.
ONE OF OUR BEST DEFENSES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS IS EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATION.
IT IS OUR HOPE THAT THIS NEW DECADE WILL ALLOW FOR A MORE OPEN DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH HIV/AIDS BY THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.
THIS PSA - STIGMA: THE SILENT EPIDEMIC. BREAKING DOWN THE SILENCE HAS USED FREEFLOW, A LOCAL VANCOUVER BAND, TO HELP BREAK THE SILENCE.
FREEFLOW HAS BEEN PERFORMING AND TOURING NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS.
FREEFLOW USES THEIR MUSIC AND TALENT TO SUPPORT MANY WORTHWHILE CAUSES.
WE ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL TO FREEFLOW FOR LENDING THEIR TALENT AND TIME TO THIS PSA.
AIDS VANCOUVER AND THE WE CARE RED RIBBON CAMPAIGN WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK VANCOUVER FILM INSTITUTE GRADUATE, JAY MACMILLAN, FOR DONATING HIS TIME AND TALENT TO THIS CAMPAIGN IN CREATING THESE PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS." said Bradford McIntyre.
It has been nearly thirty years since the first reported case of HIV and silence and still plagues the anti HIV/AIDS movement.
Within this shroud of silence, ignorance and fear have been able to flourish throughout the community.
One of our best defenses in the fight against HIV/AIDS is education and communication.
The We Care Red Ribbon Campaign will run from November 1st to December 1st 2010 leading up to the AIDS Vancouver's We Care Red Ribbon Cocktail Reception at the Museum Of Vancouver on November 30th, the eve of World AIDS Day.
November 2010 has officially been proclaimed Red Ribbon Month throughout the City of Vancouver by Mayor Gregor Robertson and City Council! With weekly events and public outreach throughout the month of November, AIDS Vancouver will inspire the Vancouver community to Spread The Love, Stop The Virus. The Red Ribbon Campaign will focus on two important themes throughout the month of November: Stigma: The Silent Epidemic. Breaking down the Silence & Safer Sex. Vancouver prides itself on being an empathetic community; together we all have a stake in caring for ourselves and our community. HIV/AIDS: Together We Can Protect Each Other.
Spread The Love. Stop The Virus.