AIDS quilt comes to mall

The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display at Orchard Park Shopping Centre from Aug. 22 to 28 to help mark the 15th anniversary of the annual Living Positive AIDS Walk in Kelowna, sponsored by Interior Savings Credit Union.

The 54-tonne, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 92,000 individuals lost to AIDS.

The quilt will be displayed in the mall by the Sport Chek store in Pear Court.

The Living Positive AIDS Walk itself will be held at Kerry Park on Sunday, Sept. 25.

As part of the will be information about the AIDS Walk at the AIDS Quilt display for anyone interested in participating, volunteering or donating.

Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation—he international caretaker of The Quilt—works to preserve, care for and use The AIDS Memorial Quilt to foster healing, advance social justice and inspire action.

The quilt began in San Francisco more than 20 years ago with a single 18-square-foot panel and today this tapestry of hope has over 47,000 panels.

These panels have come from every state in the nation and have been created by friends, lovers and family members in an attempt to transform loss and heartbreak into hope and healing.

In a war against a disease that has no cure, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has evolved as our most potent tool in the effort to educate against the lethal threat of AIDS.

By revealing the humanity behind the statistics, The quilt helps teach compassion, triumphs over taboo, stigma and phobia; and inspires individuals to take direct responsibility for their own well being and that of their family, friends and community.

Julie Rhoad, executive director of The NAMES Project Foundation, said, “We are eager to share The AIDS Memorial Quilt with your community for it is unlike any memorial ever created.  With teddy bears and Boy Scout badges, love letters and photographs, this North American treasure was created by the people for real people who were loved and lost to AIDS.

“We thank the Living Positive Resource Centre for their visionary efforts in hosting this event and invite you to see what wonderful healing art we have created together as an international community.”

Sections are continuously on display across the country in schools, places of worship, community centers, businesses, corporations and a variety of other institutional settings all in the hope of making the realities of HIV and AIDS real, human and immediate.

To date, more than 19 million people have seen The AIDS Memorial Quilt at tens of thousands of display around the world.


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