Candlelight vigil for HIV/AIDS victims

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — As part of  a countywide action on the part of faith communities to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and its local problems and needs, there will be a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18.  It will be held in the Memorial Garden of the Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.  The public is invited.  In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors.

UUFVB interim minister Rev. Maureen Killoran commented, “Too often we make the mistake of considering HIV/AIDS as something that only affects `other people.´  This evening we will recall friends and loved ones whose lives have been changed and sometimes ended by HIV/AIDS, as well as showing our support for individuals and communities affected now.

“Although this is a heart-focused vigil,” she continued, “we will also provide information about the local situation, and how individuals might be able to help.”

The vigil is the result of work being done by the HIV/AIDS Awareness Network, a local organization dedicated to education about HIV/AIDs and the importance of being tested.  Their motto is “Pass the message, not the disease.”

Local churches will be holding services and vigils March 7-13, joining thousands of faith

communities across the nation in an effort to bring attention and awareness to the AIDS epidemic in the US, and to encourage a national (and local) dialogue on AIDS education, treatment and care.

UUFVB is located on the southeast corner of 16th Street and 27th Avenue.

Information: call (772) 778-5880.

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