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2009.11.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Vigil, Health Fair Part of World AIDS Day Events on Dec. 1

Omaha - Local students and members of various community agencies will hold a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Dec. 1, to commemorate those who have died from AIDS and to recognize World AIDS Day.

The vigil, which will be at 5 p.m. on the south side of Dodge Street near the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), will cap a series of events being sponsored that day by UNO, Omaha Public Schools and community organizations to recognize World AIDS Day.

“We wanted to draw together community resources as a way of recognizing locally World AIDS Day," said Kathleen Oleson Lyons, assistant director of the UNO Service Learning Academy. “This will be an exciting collaboration of scholarship through community endeavors. It is through these partnerships that we are able to learn and serve.”

UNO will host other World Aids Day events that day in the Milo Bail Student Center. Those events and the participating organizations include:

• An awareness and education fair featuring information booths, sponsored by the Douglas County Health Department, UNO, Nebraska AIDS Project and more.
• Presentations by Omaha Public School magnet school students.
• HIV/AIDS and STD testing in the Milo Bail Student Center Jenkins Room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• A panel discussion at 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room, featuring patients from the University of Nebraska Medical Center who are living with HIV and AIDS.

A spiritual service has been organized to pray for the healing of AIDS, from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church, 2312 J St.

In addition, the students from the magnet schools collected 28 boxes of school supplies to send to UNO international student Andie Hansen. Hansen will distribute the supplies to underprivileged students in South Africa, where she is carrying out a service learning project through Stellenbosch University.

Other Omaha organizations involved in World AIDS Day are the American Red Cross, Charles Drew Health Center, the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Gay Straight Alliance, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), and Stop AIDS Nebraska.

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