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Celebrating our past

It was a pleasure to attend both our volunteer parties in September.

There is a huge community of Food Chain volunteers that grows with each passing year, and every single person has a unique story to tell.

I heard both funny and sad stories and was able to put names to some of the many faces that are reflected in our rich archive of materials. It was great to hear and see how lifelong friendships have been formed through volunteering with The Food Chain and that for many people it has been or is a very rewarding and enriching experience. T

The Food Chain has always been about more than the food.

Walking the 30 for 30 walk was also quite an experience. It really is a very long way. Fortunately, it was a lovely sunny day and a great route along the Thames so it was worth every one of the 69,538 steps my telephone tells me I took!

The 30 year theme is very much on my mind as we approach World Aids Day this year, which is also marking 30 years of raising awareness about HIV and AIDS. Globally there are an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV and more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

I think it is always important to remember this, and to honour the millions who have died, not just on World Aids Day each year, but every day. We can perhaps do this best through providing the services we do for  people living with the virus and by keeping on telling the stories of those who have died.

As part of our  marking of World Aids Day this year we will be taking part in a panel discussion following the screening of the film ‘Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt’ . The screening has been organised bythe VITO project in association with the Cinema Museum. The event will take place on Tuesday 27th November. More details to follow. I’ll hope to see some of you at the screening.

I’m also looking forward to our action packed autumn, with bingo and a Caribbean supper to enjoy! See you there.