Andrew Barr has announced he’s launching the Canberra Permanent AIDS Memorial Project.
This project will provide Canberra with a lasting commemoration to the lives of everyone affected by HIV/AIDS.
I will launch the fundraising drive at the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, to be held this evening at 6.00pm at the National Gallery of Australia.
Over the next 12 months the AIDS Action Council of the ACT and the broader community aims to raise $30,000 to build and install the Canberra Permanent AIDS Memorial with a view to unveiling it in 2013, which is the 30th anniversary of the Candlelight memorial, 30 years since HIV was first diagnosed in Australia, and the Centenary of Canberra.
Today there are more than 33 million people living with HIV worldwide – and more than 30 million people have died from an AIDS-related illness. More than 21,000 people in Australia are living with diagnosed HIV, and 6819 Australians have died from AIDS-related illnesses.
As a thought exercise are there any other diseases we should be memorialising?
UPDATE 20/05/12 21:26: Andrew Barr has Tweeted his disappointment in some of you: