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BGF returns to Mardi Gras parade to celebrate 30 years

BGF returns to Mardi Gras parade to celebrate 30 years

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 26 February 2014 10:08 Written by // Cec Busby

To celebrate 30 years of providing practical, emotional, and financial support to the most vulnerable people living with HIV, the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation will be hosting a float in this year’s Mardi Gras Parade.

The float will pay tribute to Bobby, the charity,  and mark significant mielstones during the Foundation’s 30 year history. As Australia’s oldest HIV charity, BGF Chief Executive Officer, David Riddell, is excited to be celebrating this significant milestone.

"BGF is Australia’s oldest HIV charity,” said Riddell. “We were created at the start of the epidemic. We walked alongside those hit hardest during the darkest day, and here we are now – still standing and providing much needed help to people living with HIV.”

"Our parade entry tells BGF’s story of love, sweat and 30 years in four acts," Riddell said.

The first act will celebrate Bobby’s life as a champion swimmer and will feature a choreographed routine by Sydney’s Wett Ones and Brisbane’s Aqualicious; the second act is a 30th birthday celebration with  Miss 3D bursting out of a giant cake; the third act will symbolise remembrance and feature a giant love heart, while the final act takes place on board an open top double decker bus, inviting everyone to the 2014 Bake Off. The legendary Claire de Lune will be aboard, along with: Christina Batista, out and proud mum from Masterchef; Bobby’s sister, Wendy White; and, Bobby’s final partner, Ken Bryan.

Riddell hopes the Mardi Gras float will serve as a reminder of the great work done by BGF in the past and encourage people to continue to support the charity.

“The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is the legacy of a dedicated group of friends. A legacy born out of love that has continued for over 30 years, and will continue into the future,” Riddell said.

“But we can only do what we do through donations from generous supporters. Your gift will change a life for the better.”

Image: Miss 3D is all set to leap out of a birthday cake - we assume she wont be wearing this headdress.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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