Community, Cake and Condoms
In 2012, Gay Men’s Health (GMH) put out a call for volunteers to contribute to one of our core businesses – condom packing and distribution. The call was successful and GMH’s monthly Community, Cake and Condom activity was born.
With condom and lubricant (lube) use remaining the most effective way to prevent HIV transmission during sex, distributing condom and lube packs continues to be a core business of the GMH team. Demand for the condom packs seems to continually increase and ACSA as a whole, actively distributes around 17,000 condom packs a year. Once packed, GMH condom packs are distributed to key gay venues and events, as well as to community groups and services across South Australia.
The logistics of packing and distributing such large numbers of condom packs has, at times, been quite an undertaking. However, with approximately 10 men casually volunteering their time regularly at the Community, Cake and Condom activity, GMH has been able to keep up with the demand. Coordinator of the activity, Logan Bold, reported how the hands of many make the task much more achievable with the volunteer group once managing to fold a record 2100 packs in a single two hour session!
Community, Cake and Condoms is held in the afternoon from 2pm until 4pm on the last Friday of each month. The volunteer activity, taking place in the ACSA conference room, is set to resume from January 2013. In 2013, the activity is open for more volunteers, so if you are keen for some easy and casual volunteering in a friendly community atmosphere, enjoy cake and a cuppa and want to help GMH in preventing HIV locally –Community, Cake and Condoms is for you!