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2010.10.29 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO to Host World AIDS Day Health Fair and Candlelight Vigil on Dec. 1

Omaha - Hundreds of students will line Dodge Street in front of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for a candlelight vigil at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, as part of World AIDS Day.

UNO will host a health fair preceding the vigil. The health fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center and will include many activities, including STD testing by the Douglas Health Department and HIV testing by the University Health Center.

A speakers panel from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Camp Kindle Campers and the Nebraska AIDS Project begins at 2:30 p.m., also in the Milo Bail Student Center. Panelists will discuss how AIDS has affected them.

Following the health fair, UNO students will line Dodge Street at 4:30 p.m. to hold a candlelight vigil to recognize World AIDS Day and those who have died from AIDS.

"The World AIDS Day project has been a student initiated and student driven project that has grown and expanded to address the needs of those touched by HIV/AIDS,” said Kathe Oleson- Lyons of the UNO Service Learning Academy. "This year our goal is to serve two local community organizations – Camp Kindle and the Nebraska AIDS Project – by raising awareness, building relationships, and contributing supplies and donations.”

Camp Kindle is an educational and interactive camp program for youth who are infected or have been affected by HIV or AIDS. Along with Camp Kindle, and Nebraska AIDS Project, UNO is also working with STOP AIDS Nebraska, the American Red Cross, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha Public Schools and the Douglas County Health Department.

“We hope to generate more than $50,000 in support of these organizations,” Oleson- Lyons said.

Last year, 57 STD tests were completed at the health fair, and roughly 500 people attended UNO’s World AIDS Day events. Aundrea Hansen, UNO student coordinator for World AIDS Day, said she is anticipating a turnout of approximately 1,000 people.

For more information, call (402) 554-2762.

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