THE Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart will be awash in red as the building lights up to mark World AIDS Day.
Being held on Friday 1 December, the day marks the advances made in treating the disease but acknowledging that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the fact that HIV and AIDS is still a condition that affects more than 100,000 people in the UK. It reminds the public that HIV has not gone away and there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education
Running since 1988, the day is generally marked by a red ribbon and this has expanded to local authorities across the north-east turning iconic buildings red in support of World Aids Day.
Cllr Lynn Pallister, Cabinet Member for health, housing and welfare, said: “World AIDS Day is crucial in raising awareness of the devastating impact HIV and AIDS has on people across the country, many people don’t realise how big an issue it still is and hopefully by lighting up the Heart a few more people can become aware of the condition.”
To find out more about World AIDS Day, go to www.worldaidsday.org.