World AIDS Day 2013
Thanks to the hard work and generosity of hundreds of Food Chain supporters, we were able to mark World AIDS Day in style on 1 December.
Red ribbons were out in force in Soho and elsewhere, selling in their thousands in return for donations for The Food Chain. Events were also organised for our benefit across the city, with cake sales, collections and cabarets to keep Londoners suitably fed and entertained.
Although generating funds to maintain our nutrition services was of the upmost importance to The Food Chain and our service users on the weekend of 1 December, raising awareness of HIV/AIDS was equally as high on our World AIDS Day agenda. We’re extremely thankful to the many individuals and organisations that gave volunteer hours and inspired donations, or selflessly dipped into their own pockets to contribute a personal gift. Time was spent at Victoria Station and some of Soho’s finest bars spreading the message about World AIDS Day, and as a result, we are hopeful of an increased awareness of HIV across the Capital.
We’d like to reserve a special mention for Gary and his team at Ku Bar, Soho, who are long-standing supporters of The Food Chain. Ku are set to exceed their 2012 World AIDS Day total of 11,100 following a very successful auction and weekend of collections. A huge thanks also to our volunteers who helped rattle collection tins at Victoria (raising 157 pounds), Wandsworth Oasis' Red Ribbon Fest (above, 129) and the many bars in Soho and elsewhere (totals to come!).
We’re looking forward to announcing our overall World AIDS Day 2013 fundraising total in the coming days - stay tuned!