The Tynwald building will be lit up in red on the evening of Saturday November 30th in support of the ‘Turning the Island Red’ campaign on the eve of World AIDS Day, Sunday December 1st.
In addition, a candlelight vigil will be held and prayers said outside the building from 9pm.
Ahead of the event organiser Mr Lee Clarke-Vorster and HIV support group co-ordinator Mr Tony Watterson presented the President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian, with a red ribbon - the universal symbol of HIV awareness and support - encrusted with red crystals.
Mr Clarke-Vorster said: ‘We are so very grateful to Madam President and Mr Speaker for their support and for granting us permission to turn “the Wedding Cake” red for one night only as part of the Island’s contribution to World AIDS Day. We are also delighted that the President has agreed to wear the ribbon, a move we feel sure will inspire the Isle of Man community to show their support for those living with HIV and pay respect to those lost to the virus. ‘
Madam President said: ‘Mr Speaker and I applaud the efforts of Mr Clarke-Vorster and Mr Watterson to promote HIV awareness campaigns, challenge the stigma of the condition and support those living with the virus. To this end I hope illuminating the Tynwald building red on November 30th will lend visibility to their campaign.’
The President of Tynwald, the Hon Clare Christian, is pictured receiving a crystal-encrusted red ribbon from HIV support group co-ordinator Tony Watterson and Manx Rainbow Foundation’s founder and director Lee Clarke-Vorster. (Picture Paul Dougherty, Tynwald Seneschal)
For further information contact:
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald and Clerk of the Legislative Council
Legislative Buildings, Douglas, IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 685500