This year, December 1st will be the 25th anniversary of the World AIDS Day Celebration. However, Jim Burns, Minister of Outreach at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (MCC), noticed no one in Richmond had planned to celebrate.
“I spoke with the church and said ‘we need to do something, this is the 25th anniversary,’” Burns said.
Burns and the few people he has helping him plan the event are still in the early stages. They are still forming ideas on what they want people to get out of such an event.
“We decided we want to go with a more positive approach,” Burns said. “We thought it might be different to have people that are speaking talk about ‘I have been living with [AIDS] for 20 years, I went to college and got a degree, I own a house, I’m doing great.’ And at the end people will have the opportunity to stand up and remember someone who was important to them, but lost the fight with HIV.”
But this is not the only idea, or the idea they are going to use and that’s where you come in!
Tomorrow, Burns is meeting with individuals from the Fan Free Clinic, Richmond AIDS Consortium, and members of the MCC to go over plans for December 1. Burns said he would like to see other members of the community show up tomorrow to share their ideas for what they want to see happen with World AIDS Day Celebration.
The meeting will be held at MCC Richmond, 2501 Park Avenue in the basement fellowship hall at 6 PM. Burns says that all ideas are welcome.
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