ACON: From AIDS 2014 to Bingham Cup Sydney
Last week, myself and many other representatives from NSW’s HIV sector joined 13,000 people at AIDS 2014, the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
As you can imagine, the breadth of content was truly remarkable, with information and inspiration shared thoughtfully and passionately.
The benefit to NSW of having the conference in our backyard, so to speak, was considerable.
NSW’s HIV workers have gained fresh insights for their work, have developed valuable new relationships with other HIV sector workers from Australia and overseas, and have helped improve the responses of other organisations by sharing their knowledge and experience.
In addition to this, ACON also had the privilege of sponsoring some key conference activities, including the MSM Global Forum Preconference and the official AIDS 2014 Candlelight Vigil.
This continued a long standing commitment that ACON has of supporting organisations and activities that deliver opportunities and outcomes that help build the health and wellbeing of our community.
GALLERY: The Candlelight Vigil at AIDS 2014. Photos: Cec Busby. View full gallery here
For instance, ACON has partnerships with many LGBTI community and sporting organisations across NSW and we support several key cultural events for our community throughout the year including the International Candlelight Memorial and many key World AIDS Day activities, a range of Mardi Gras events, various film festivals and lots of sports-related activities.
So it is with great pride that ACON has signed on as a major partner for the Bingham Cup tournament, the world cup of gay rugby, which for the first time ever is set to take place in Sydney in August.
We believe the Bingham Cup provides a unique platform for engaging LGBTI community members with sport and for combating negative stereotypes of gay men and sport.
GALLERY: Photos from the Mobilisation March. Photos: Cec Busby. View full gallery here
We believe the event also provides a valuable opportunity for ACON to promote our strategy for ending HIV, and engaging locals and visitors with action they can take to help make HIV history.
And with thousands of gay men visiting Sydney for the event, we’re keen to ensure they have access to information and services about HIV, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, and staying safe.
We’re looking forward to supporting this great event and wish everyone involved the best of luck.
And we thank the organisers and delegates of AIDS 2014 for providing a forum that delivers inspiration, hope, and salvation for millions of people all over the world.