How to organize an event about HIV? How do you educate the public about the importance of HIV testing Singapore without making them fall asleep, or get the people to remove notes from their wallets for the cause that you are promoting?
We have been fighting against HIV for more than 30 years and we are still fighting, still striving for zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination against those with HIV and zero AIDS related deaths. Everyone can contribute to the cause in his or her own way, and an event planner should do so by utilizing World AIDS Day, which takes place annually on first of December. Here are some ideas for organizing a HIV event:
Like San Francisco AIDS Foundation. They painted the town red by… by painting the town red, literally. San Francisco AIDS Foundation got everyone’s attention by lighting up buildings with red lights.
If painting buildings is not your cup of tea, what about painting people with a good game of paintball?
Get Quilt-y, Not Quirky
But maybe getting quirky works, too.
HIV had taken away more than 1000 lives in San Francisco alone. In 1985, people were asked to write down the names of their loved ones who had died from HIV on placards. These cards were taped to Federal Building. From far, it looked like a patchwork quilt.
An idea for a quilt is then hatched.
With over 91,000 names sewn onto it and measuring 1,293,300 square feet, it is, undoubtedly, the largest community art project in the world.
You might want to get creative in an artsy way with your HIV event, or try to find a display of sections of the Quilt near you. With the popularity of hashtags and Instagram, it will most probably attract a huge crowd to your event.
Everyone Loves Music
National AIDS Memorial Grove organized a concert by Bishop Yvette Flunder. They are not the only one who realized the power of music. Downtown Music Productions, too, presented dance and music at Duo theater in East Village.
Organize a charity concert, or a rave party to get everyone moving.
Get An Ambassador
You will need someone that the crowd can easily identify with, someone with a positive influence and preferably, someone who is actively involved in raising HIV awareness.
According to David Wilkins, ACON events coordinator, Judy Garland was the perfect choice for World AIDS Day concert because she is a gay icon. In fact, she was called “The Elvis of homosexuals.”
Some other notable gay icons are Cher, who had acted in Burlesque; Janet Jackson, who had acted in For Colored Girls; Madonna, who had acted in I’m Going To Tell You A Secret. But I think the best person for the show is my favorite celebrity – Angelina Jolie who starred in a 1998 movie about fashion superstar, Gia. Gia was contracted with HIV and it eventually led to her death.
Get the adrenaline pumping and flowing! Fundraising and art exhibitions might sound dull, but In London, Positive East hyped up such HIV event with parachute jump.
An auction is also a good alternative to fundraising.
Most importantly, free your mind and let your creativity roam. Don’t limit yourself with knowledge and experience.