The New Zealand AIDS Foundation, Body Positive, Positive Women and INA are once again working together to raise money and HIV awareness.
The theme remains UNAIDSâ Getting to Zero, which is all about aiming for zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination.
NZAF Executive Director Shaun Robinson says the success of World AIDS Day in raising awareness and money is completely dependent on support from people in the community.
âLast year we raised just over $38,000 towards essential services for people living with or affected by HIV. The reality is we simply couldnât have done that without the help of volunteers.â
Robinson says even just one collector makes all the difference. âOne more bucket on the street could mean another several hundred dollars â that makes a big difference to the work that the NZAF and HIV peer support organisations are able to do.â
He urges people worried about getting time off work to check whether their company has a commitment to supporting charities, as many now offer special paid leave for staff who want to volunteer.
âCollecting for charity can be a lot of fun, with the added bonus of giving something back to your community,â Robinson says. âWhy not get a group together and join us on the streets?â
To sign up as a World AIDS Day volunteer collector on Friday 29 November, call the numbers below:
Auckland â call Steve Martin at the NZAF on 09 303 3124
Wellington â call Don Barclay at the NZAF on 04 381 6640
Christchurch â call Akira Le Fevre at the NZAF on 03 379 1953