What: The Annual Multi-Faith Community Memorial Service at the Pusat Bantuan Khidmat Sosial Yayasan PT will be launched on Saturday by representatives from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman - President of Malaysian AIDS Council, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Dr. Corinne Capuaco - Chair of the United Nations Theme Group on HIV & WHO Representative.
When: 15th May 2010 (Saturday), 10.30 a.m to 2pm. Lunch will be provided!
Where: Wisma TanCom, 326 & 328, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, KL.
Why: The gathering, held in conjunction with International AIDS Memorial Day (IAMD) 2010 involves more than 400 community members from the Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu faith and is intended to be an opportunity to remember the 13,000 persons who have died from AIDS in Malaysia. More than 87,000 persons have been infected with HIV in Malaysia since 1986. The multi-faith gathering is to show support and encouragement for those living with HIV, their families and the communities most at risk of HIV, all of whom are served by PT Foundation.
Religion plays a strong role in Malaysia in creating a more compassionate and effective response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Malaysia. PT Foundation recognises that by working closely with religious bodies such as Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (JAKIM) and Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI), we can foster better understanding and support for the marginalised communities most affected by HIV whilst ensuring that their religious and spiritual needs are also supported. We are very proud of the Islamic religious classes we hold in our centre through this partnership with JAWI. PT Foundation together with Malaysian AIDS Council also holds regular dialogues with other religious bodies representing Christians, Buddhists and Hindus.
This year, the global theme for IAMD, which falls on May 16th, is 'Many Lights for Human Rights', which is a rights-based approach focused on access for ALL to HIV education, prevention, treatment, care and support. Besides raising awareness, this campaign also aims to reduce discrimination towards people affected by HIV/AIDS; to mobilise communities, civil societies, the public and leaders into dialogue; advocate for advancement of public policy; and hopefully, to stop the further spread of HIV. We are calling on all citizens, affected communities, organisations and government sectors to work together, to break down barriers and give hope to future generations.
We'd love it if you could attend our event. Hope to see you there!