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World AIDS Day event planned for Dec. 1

In observance of World AIDS Day, the MIT Women's League will be raising funds and awareness in Lobby 10 on Thursday, Dec. 1.

World AIDS Day is an international day of coordinated action against AIDS -- a day for bringing messages of compassion, hope, solidarity and understanding about AIDS to every country in the world. The theme for this year's event is "Stop AIDS, keep the promise."

A centerpiece of the event will be the league's annual Chocolate Buffet and raffle fund-raiser. Chocolate desserts donated by local bakeries, hotels, restaurants, catering services and members of the MIT community will be on sale. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Living Center, a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to the HIV/AIDS community of Greater Boston.

Visitors to Lobby 10 will be able to see several panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. There will also be tables of information about the Boston Living Center, Cambridge Cares About AIDS, the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness at MIT Medical, the Children's Hospital AIDS Program, the Latin American Health Initiative, the LBGT Issues Group, Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders for Health, the MIT African Students Association, the Names Project Boston and the SPARK Center.

The Women's League, a social and service organization open to all women in the MIT community, initiated MIT's annual observance of World AIDS Day in 1999 and has coordinated this event for the Institute every year since.

Volunteers are still needed to donate baked goods and to staff the buffet. If you would like to help, contact Sis de Bordenave at x3-3656 or

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on November 16, 2005 (download PDF).

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