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Jian Ghomeshi emcees Guelph World Aids Day event

Next week is AIDS Awareness Week, and several local events will be taking place throughout the week to bring awareness to HIV and AIDS and to the challenges faced by HIV/AIDS sufferers.
The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County has organized a series of events under the theme, “Getting to Zero,” meaning zero discrimination, zero new infections and zero AIDS-related deaths, a news release said.
All week long, the organization will be running a red-ribbon campaign, handing out red-ribbon cookies at locations around town, starting at the Stone Road Mall on Nov. 24.
On Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., AIDS Committee HIV/STI prevention and outreach educator B.J. Caldwell will present a workshop on “HIV in 2012: Things Have Changed” at 10 Carden St. The presentation will cover a brief HIV 101, followed by an in-depth discussion about key issues related to HIV and a Q&A. There will also be a variety of take-home resources available, the release said.
On Nov. 28, the AIDS Committee will host a screening of the film, Positive Women: Exposing Injustice, at The Bookshelf. Proceeds from the 7 p.m. screening will benefit the AIDS Committee.
The week’s events will wrap up on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, with two events.
The AIDS Committee will hold a World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil at 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Norfolk and Suffolk streets. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A second event in honour of World AIDS Day will be hosted by Bracelet of Hope at the River Run Centre from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
The River Run event will celebrate what the people of Lesotho, Africa, are doing to address the AIDS pandemic in their country, and will raise money to support Bracelet of Hope’s work there.
The event will be emceed by CBC host Jian Ghomeshi and will feature speakers, including Bracelet of Hope founder Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, and live music. There is also an option to purchase a ticket that includes dinner at 5:30 p.m. before the show.
Tickets are available at the River Run box office (519-763-3000 or, through the Bracelet of Hope office, 311 Woolwich St., or at The Bookshelf.

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