As part of their ongoing strategy to keep the message of safer sex and HIV in the public’s mind, the team at Terrence Higgins Trust have embarked on a range of fun fundraising activities. On the 15th May THT joined the event “Brighton’s Hero’s Run”, organised by the charity “Passing It On”, a charity that helps help build funds for Schools in Africa, along with host of other fundraising groups dressed in an array of costumes. Amoug the many Supermen, super women were Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble complete with their stone-age car and even Super Gran. As well as being a lot of fun, THT raised an impressive £2000 on the day.
Ten days later THT were at it again with another fund raising project, this time with veteran drag queen Masie Trollete (the brilliant David Raven) getting a roasting over at the Charles Street Bar. Before that image goes in the wrong direction, the roasting was of the comedy sort, where those who know Masie best shared showbiz tales, witty gossip and gags as well as taking time to salute David for all of the fantastic fundraising he has done for the Brighton LGBT community over the years. The night raised a fantastic £741.22 for THT. With such success of both fundraising ventures, THT hope to make the evening an annual event.
Despite the medical advancements made in helping people live with HIV, there is no clear evidence of the long term effect protease inhibitors (the medications that combats but does not destroy HIV in the body) will have on the individual.
Events like these are a great way to remind all of us of the importance of safer sex, particularly with the latest results released from the Health protection Agency (HPA) In a report released by the Health Protection Agency to mark the 30 year anniversary of the first HIV on 5th June 1981 in Los Angeles, epidemiologists are predicting that the number living with HIV in the UK will hit 100,000 by 2012.
If you would like to get involved with the next THT fundraising event or have a brilliant idea to help raise awareness and money for the organisation in then please get in touch with the THT Brighton office: 01273-764200.