CAMP Rehoboth — the organization dedicated to celebrating diversity, building a strong sense of community and “creating a more positive” environment for all people, gay and straight — will again observe World AIDS Day beginning at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 1, with activities including a candlelight walk and a Service of Remembrance and Hope.
The service will include a reading of the names of friends and family lost to the disease.
World AIDS Day takes place Dec. 1 of each year, and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
The observation will start at 6:15 p.m. with a pre-walk gathering and candle lighting at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Avenue at the Boardwalk.
The candlelight walk will begin at 6:30 p.m., starting from the Rehoboth Bandstand. Participants will proceed down Rehoboth Avenue, ending at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Ave.
The Service of Remembrance and Hope, including the reading of the names, will start at 7 p.m. at All Saints’ Church. A light supper will be served following the service, at 7:45.
The Rehoboth Beach World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk and Service of Remembrance and Hope has been a December tradition in Rehoboth Beach since the mid-1990s. There are multiple ways to participate in this important day of remembrance: take part in the Candlelight Walk, attend the Service of Remembrance and Hope or volunteer to read names at the service.
To volunteer or to have the name of a loved one added to the list of names to be read at the service, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 227-5620.