Who are we?
#AIDSMemoryUK is a campaign set up and run by volunteers to remember those who died from the virus, to celebrate the work we have done to save lives, and to remind us to keep fighting on to put an end to AIDS once and for all.
2021 is, officially, the 40th year of AIDS. We plan to commissioned a new artwork to draw attention to this landmark moment. The memorial will eventually be erected on Tottenham Court Road in Central London.
Why do we urgently need some initial funding immediately?
Thank you for your support so far. We have the beginning of a website now with the help of the Mosaic Trust who are working on it for free. https://aidsmemory.uk/
We are now looking for funds to continue the work on #AIDSMemoryUK in order to turn the memorial into a reality.
We now need funds to work on our logo; find a fundraising team; set up the charity and develop plans to commission a new major artwork.
We will be running a number of awareness raising events this summer at venues throughout London.
Once the memorial in London is established, we would like to connect it with several existing memorials in the UK, in order to create a symbol of national remembrance. However, this is at an early stage and will require engagement with locals on the ground.
In the last 40 years, we have come a long way in our war against AIDS. Medication saves lives and, furthermore, anyone on working and sustained treatment cannot pass on HIV to anyone else. Finally, with PrEP and PEP, no one needs to acquire HIV in 2021. We have to tools to end AIDS worldwide.
Ever since we launched #AIDSMemoryUK in 2016, the theme of unity has been at the heart of what we do:
"HIV has united people of differing, sometimes opposing, beliefs and values. Together we have fought an unprecedented societal stigma. In a life threatening emergency such as AIDS, we overcame our differences by seeing the common humanity we all share in order to fight for our dignity and survival."
I, personally, lost many friends to AIDS - men, women, and I saw children die too in the UK and worldwide. Each death was a tragedy but their resilience and fight to live and find meaning in their curtailed lives was inspirational. In creating a memorial, we are celebrating their strength, their love of life, and the battle they fought against stigma, abuse, and the most horrible illness. They cannot be forgotten. HIV & AIDS changed the UK and the world and their fight made us a better and more inclusive nation. We must always remember that.
If you can, we would so appreciate a donation. Even £5 is gratefully received.
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