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World AIDS Day & Red Ribbon Appeal

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World AIDS Day (Dec 1) provides us with a valuable opportunity to educate people about how we can end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 as well as raise money for programs and services that are vital to ending HIV.

Recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies mean we can now end the HIV epidemic here in Australia by getting people to test more, treat early and stay safe. The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal raises money for community-based initiatives that aim to eliminate the transmission of HIV in NSW by 2020.

The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Street Appeal takes place across NSW on Thursday 1 December (World AIDS Day) and Friday 2 December.

Volunteer – You Can Help Make HIV History

Want to help make a difference that will last forever? By volunteering for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal, you can help eliminate HIV transmission in NSW.
We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the annual Red Ribbon Street Appeal on World AIDS Day (Thursday 1 December) as well as Friday 2 December.

Volunteers are needed in Sydney (multiple locations) and regional & rural NSW (including Hunter, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Southern, Central West and Far West NSW) to sell ribbons and collect donations at selected locations.

Sell Red Ribbons
You can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, you can bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or you can order a countertop box and sell ribbons to your customers or colleagues.

Buy Red Ribbons or Make a Donation
You can buy red ribbons online, on the street, or in participating shops and businesses. Or you can make a cash donation online.

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World AIDS Day 2016 Events

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ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation is inviting people across NSW to participate in a range of events to mark this year’s World AIDS Day (Thurs 1 Dec).

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill says a variety of fundraising, awareness raising and memorial events will feature as part of ACON’s World AIDS Day activities. “World AIDS Day provides us with a valuable opportunity to educate people about how we can end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 as well as raise money for programs and services that are vital to ending HIV. So I encourage everyone to support our efforts this year by making a donation to the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal, buying Red Ribbon merchandise, or attending one of our fundraising or remembrance events.”

 

SYDNEY

GALA SCREENING OF THE HORIZON Wed 23 Nov / Dendy Newtown / 6:30pm – 8pm
A special edition of Australia’s most successful online drama series The Horizon is set to screen in Sydney in the lead up to this year’s World AIDS Day (Dec 1) as a fundraiser for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. Directed by Stephan Elliott (Priscilla: Queen of the Desert) and billed as Australia’s answer to the hit British and US series Queer As Folk, the film is based on the hit series about the lives and loves of gay men in Sydney and was created last year as a full length TV pilot to promote the series to Australian and US broadcasters. The screening will be attended by the cast and key creatives who’ll take part in a post screening Q&A. And all guests will receive a 2-for-1 pass to Bingay, ACON’s popular monthly bingo night at The Shift in Darlinghurst.

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THE RED PARTY Fri 25 Nov / Stonewall / 9pm till late
Red Ribbon Appeal benefit night at Stonewall Hotel on Oxford St, Darlinghurst. $5 donation at the door. Shows all night by Sydney’s leading drag performers. Red Ribbon merchandise will also be available for purchase.

RED SUNDAY AT THE BERESFORD Sun 27 Nov / Beresford Hotel / 3pm – 8pm
Sydney’s leading lady of drag Charisma Belle will team up with members of the Sydney Stingers water polo team to put the fun into fundraising as they paint the Beresford red to raise money for ACON’s Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. Whether you make a donation or buy some of the Red Ribbon merchandise, you’ll be making a difference that will last forever by helping ACON end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.

POLLY’S FUNDRAISING NIGHT Thu 1 Dec / Midnight Shift / 7pm – 11pm
One of Sydney’s most beloved drag icons Polly will lead her very own special fundraising night for World AIDS Day, alongside guest drag stars. Red Ribbon Appeal volunteers will be there with big red buckets so dig deep and help us end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020.

THE BEARS RED RIBBON APPEAL AT KINSELAS Fri 25 Nov / Kinselas Hotel, Darlinghurst
On Nov 25 look out for the Bears who will be selling red ribbons ($3), wristbands ($5), enamel pins ($5) and diamante pins ($10) and taking donations at Kinselas during their weekly Den Night. And in the lead-up to World AIDS Day, Red Ribbon merchandise can be purchased from businesses displaying Red Ribbon boxes, or donations can be made via the official Red Ribbon Appeal web site: www.redribbonappeal.org.au

BEARS AT THE BANK Sun 27 Nov / Bank Hotel, Newtown
The Bears will also be hitting the Bank Hotel in Newtown on Sunday, Nov 27 to sell red ribbons ($3), wristbands ($5), enamel pins ($5) and diamante pins ($10) and taking donations. In the lead-up to World AIDS Day, Red Ribbon merchandise can be purchased from businesses displaying Red Ribbon boxes, or donations can be made via the official Red Ribbon Appeal web site: www.redribbonappeal.org.au

 

NORTHERN RIVERS

TREATMENTS BY THE SEA Sun 27 Nov / Far North Coast location / 11am – 4.30pm
A FREE workshop for people with HIV focusing on how to address the impact that HIV has on the body. Participants will hear from keynote speaker Dr Darren Russell, Director of Sexual Health from Cairns Sexual Health Service. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Numbers for the workshop are limited. To register call (02) 6622 1555 or Free Call 1800 633 637.

 

MID NORTH COAST

BIG RED BANANA Thurs 24 Nov – Thurs 1 Dec / Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour’s famous Big Banana will be lit red for four nights to mark this year’s World AIDS Day.

WORLD AIDS DAY BBQ Wed 30 Nov / Kempsey TAFE / 11:30am
All are welcome to join the Rainbow Support Group at Kempsey TAFE for a FREE World AIDS Day BBQ in the Student Central Area from 11.30am. Red Ribbon donations welcome.

WORLD AIDS DAY BBQ Sat 3 Dec / Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour / 11pm – 3pm
Help us fire up the barbie for this special community lunch. Enjoy food and drinks as you get to catch up with friends or make some new ones. There’ll also be advice from health promotion officers on a range of HIV-related issues. FREE event. Red Ribbon donations welcome.

REGIONAL HARM REDUCTION FORUM Thu 1 Dec / Southern Cross Uni, Coffs Harbour / 9.30am – 12.30pm
This 3 hour event will explore how HIV-related stigma and discrimination impact on Individuals and our community. The forum will be followed by lunch and networking. To RSVP or for more information contact Alex on 6656 7865

 

HUNTER

RED DRESS RUN Sat 26 Nov / Carrington, Newcastle / 7:30am
Wear a red dress or T-shirt and join the Newy Park runners on their 5km fun run. Begins at 1 Arnold St Carrington. Bring some gold coins to purchase a fancy red accessory or red ribbon from the ACON stand. All proceeds to ACON’s Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal. To enter/register: www.parkrun.com.au/newy/

 

SOUTHERN/WESTERN NSW

 

ALBURY WODONGA

SWAG RED PARTY Sat 12 Nov / Soho Bar, Albury / 7pm – 1am
SWAG (Social Wodonga Albury Gays) is joining forces with ACON to host a special Red Party at Soho Bar, 491 Dean St, Albury to mark this year’s World AIDS Day. Red ribbons will be available for sale, entry is by gold coin donation and guests are asked to wear red to show their support. For more info visit www.swagalburywodonga.com

HIV 2 ME EXHIBITION Sat 3 Dec / GIGS Art Gallery, Wodonga / 10:30am
Come along to the opening of the HIV 2 Me exhibition featuring artworks created by locals residents who have been affected by HIV and AIDS.

GRIFFITH

TRANSMISSION FILM SCREENING Wed 30 Nov / Griffith Neighbourhood House Com Cen / 6pm
FREE screening of a documentary that captures the profound changes spanning the past three decades in Australia’s and Cambodia’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Followed by a group discussion with passionate people working to end HIV.

BEGA

ENDING HIV RED RIBBON APPEAL Thu 1 Dec / selected locations + online
Red Ribbon merchandise will be available at Bega Regional Art Gallery. Donations can also be made online: www.redribbonappeal.org.au

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TRANSMISSION FILM SCREENING Thu 1 Dec / Museum of the Riverina / 6pm
FREE screening of a documentary that captures the profound changes spanning the past three decades in Australia’s and Cambodia’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Followed by a group discussion with passionate people working to end HIV.

A Family Christmas Dinner

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A gathering of friends for a Christmas feast of food, wine and stories.

The night will feature a selection of readings and delightful storytelling by some very special guests.

Tickets are $150/head, which includes a sensational three course French menu, wines, entertainment and a $50 donation to charity.

Funds raised will go towards ACON’s LOVE (Living Older, Visibly & Engaged) project and also to the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Bali.

There will be a raffle, lucky door prize and fundraising on the night, plus the chance to take home some fabulous Christmas gifts for friends, family or yourself.

Produced by Anthony Hillis, in association with ACON, Claire’s Kitchen and The Bookshop Darlinghurst.

 

When: Monday 12 December, 6:30pm
Where: Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon  | 35 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Tickets: $150
Bookings: Click here

For more information, contact Anthony Hillis  |  anthony.hillis@gmail.com

Finding Our Voice: A Community Forum For Asian Gay Men

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Gay Asian Men Community Survey Feedback Session

  • Ever wonder where Asian gay men look for and find partners?
  • How they negotiate sex, condoms and PrEP?
  • What about relationships or dealing with stigma?

If you’re curious about these and many more things, join us for Finding Our Voice, a community forum for Asian gay men.

This forum will share the key findings from the Gay Asian Men Community Survey (2015 -2016) and provide a space for Asian gay men to discuss all questions about our sex, relationships and health.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

When: Wednesday 14 December, 6pm
Where: Level 2, Colombian Hotel  |  117-125 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
RSVP: Before 11/12  |  asia@acon.org.au  |  02 9206 2080

For more information, please contact Tim Chen |  asia@acon.org.au  |  02 9206 2080

LGBTI Aged Care Training – Illawarra

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A free, essential and relevant one day training course for all workers in the aged care sector across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven to help promote a better understanding of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and provide staff with more confidence to deliver an inclusive, best practice service.

We are widely acknowledged as a key partner in regional LGBTI health issues and continue to work, in partnership with regional partners, on the priority LGBTI health areas of sexual and mental health, ageing, community safety, domestic violence, inclusion, smoking and alcohol and other drugs.

This national aged care sector training initiative, funded by the Australian Government, is presented by ACON with support from the Illawarra Forum.

Places are limited and will fill up quickly so RSVP without delay and by Wednesday 23 November.

Representatives from a diversity of aged care organisations will be prioritised.

When: Tuesday 29 November | 9:15am for a 9:30am start – 4:30pm
Where: Laurel Room, Dapto Ribbonwood 93-109 Princes Hwy, Dapto
RSVP: Click here

For more information, please contact Ryan Jackson  |  rjackson@acon.org.au  |  02 9206 2140

Bingay

December Bingay

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Join us for our annual over the top Christmas Bingay.

Featuring:

  • Extra special prizes
  • Heaps of party food
  • Special drag numbers
  • Decor galore
  • Mitzi’s egg nog recipe
  • Gift wrapping service

AND every winner receives a special Santa Bubble Gun!

When: Thursday 8 December, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $30 All games, all night!
Bookings: Click here

 

About Bingay

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Bingay is gay bingo which means there’s classic disco tunes, weird rules and penalties, outrageous antics, hilarious repartee, deliciously lewd bingo calls, and prizes that range from the silly and camp to great theatre tickets and restaurant vouchers.

Bingay hostess Charisma Belle oversees the madcap proceedings and Bingay’s long time barrel babe Naomi Palmer spins the balls and sings up a storm.

Bingay takes over the upstairs bar of The Shift in Darlinghurst on the second Thursday of every month, with each monthly event having a fabulously flamboyant theme.

Bingay’s balls first dropped in 1999, making it one of Sydney’s longest running LGBTI community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTI health services.

So whether you’re a regular or a novice, or a local or visitor to Sydney, if you’re up for a wonderfully camp mid-week entertainment experience, then you can’t go wrong with Bingay. Retro disco bingo in Darlo – what’s not to love!

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Treatments By The Sea

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A FREE workshop for people with HIV

Workshop topics to include:

  • HIV AND YOUR BODY: WHAT’S THE LATEST STORY?
    Dr Darren Russell, Director of Sexual Health, Cairns Sexual Health Service

We’ve heard a lot about HIV being ‘just’ a chronic manageable condition, but there’s much more to that story.

Our keynote speaker will explore the latest research from international conferences and from his clinical practice about how HIV changes our body and how we can work with our doctors to ensure that we stay well and healthy.

We’ll explore what needs monitoring and why, and the effects of HIV on our health as we age. Join in the discussion and bring all those questions you’ve always had about living with HIV.\

It’s our 15th Treatments by the Sea. So please come and enjoy our fabulous program and food in a friendly and safe environment.

Morning, afternoon tea and lunch provided. Numbers for the workshop are limited.

If you require information or assistance with transport please call ACON. Organised by ACON Northern Rivers.

 

When: Sunday 27 November, 11am – 4.30pm
Where: In a beautiful coastal village on the Far North Coast. Location will be provided upon booking
RSVP: Essential before 23 November
Bookings: 1800 633 637 (Freecall)  |  02 6622 1555  |  nmckellar-stewart@acon.org.au