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The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial ceremony is co-ordinated worldwide by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and hosted in Melbourne by Living Positive Victoria with the support of the Victorian AIDS Council, JOY 94.9, City of Melbourne and Positive Women Victoria.

The Candlelight Memorial, one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilisation campaigns for HIV awareness in the world.  It began in 1983, and takes place every third Sunday in May, led by a coalition of some 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries. Last year saw more than 200,000 people attend Memorials around the globe.

With 37 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important community mobilisation campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.


  • Master of Ceremonies: David “Macca” McCarthy, JOY 94.9 broadcaster and the newest ambassador for the HIV stigma campaign, ENUF.org.au


  • Keynote speaker: Dr Graham Brown – Senior Research Fellow| Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society| La Trobe University. Honorary Burnet Institute Senior Fellow. Adjunct Senior Lecturer | Centre for Social Research in Health | UNSW. Adjunct Senior Research Fellow | Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health | Curtin University


  • PLHIV speakers: Anthony McCarthy and Christabel with their personal stories, their HIV journey and their hopes for a future free of HIV and AIDS.


  • And music provided by Low Rez Male choir,


Post production, podcasting and photography by Dean Beck


Remembrance – Hope – Celebration

Recorded live on Sunday, 21st May 2017


About the author: Jason


Jason Gipps is production manager at JOY 94.9. He has 9 years' experience in audio production. Jason was production assistant at JOY from 2007 to 2011 and has been head of production since January 2012. Jason is also producer/ presenter of the Australia wide community radio network program 'Asian Pop Radio Australia'

For all production service inquiries, either commercial or community oriented, please email Jason on jason.gipps@joy.org.au or call 1300 JOY 949.


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