Mayor helps launch World Aids Day in Newry
Local Newry and Mourne representatives yesterday joined Newry Rainbow Community to mark World Aids Day (1st December). Lord Mayor Charlie Casey, Conor Murphy, MP MLA, Councillors Brendan Curran and Peter Kearney and representatives of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust and other local voluntary organisations publicly supported the awareness day with a balloon release at Newry City Hall.
World Aids Day, which is held each year to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS, intends to unite people in the fight against the deadly illness and commemorate those who have died. It is estimated that over 33.3 million people globally suffer from HIV. In a statement to the Newry Times and speaking about the significance of the day Mayor Casey said, “As Mayor I feel it is my duty to highlight the issue of the rise of HIV across the North and I commend Newry Rainbow Community for the work they do in this regard.”
He added, “Sinn Féin elected representatives have come here in numbers on World Aids Day to show that we are committed to raising these issues and that we will support the NRC in its work.”
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