LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth
Candlelight Walk Joins Christmas Parade
Because the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade falls on World AIDS Day this year, the Rehoboth Beach annual World AIDS Day Candlelight Walk will be included as a part of the holiday parade. "World AIDS Day is a global observance," says Murray Archibald, chair of the local World AIDS Day committee, "and we didn't want to lose that connection by scheduling it for another day."
"As usual, "Murray says, "everyone is invited to walk with us. We will be gathering in the parade staging area on State Street in Rehoboth Beach between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. Just look for the World AIDS Day banners and our designated walk marshals." Candles will be provided for all who wish to walk.
Participants in the Walk will leave the parade route at Second Street and continue on to All Saints Episcopal Church for the annual Service of Remembrance and Hope. A light supper will be served after the service.
The Service of Remembrance and Hope will include the reading of the names of people connected to our community who have died of AIDS. To have a name added to the list of names read at the service call CAMP Rehoboth or Sussex County AIDS Council.
Ribbons of Hope and Remembranceribbon banners with the names of those who have died or are suffering from AIDS will be carried in the parade. Names may be added to the banners starting on November 21. The ribbons are available at CAMP Rehoboth, All Saints' Episcopal Church, and at Epworth United Methodist Church.
Sponsoring organizations for the 2008 Rehoboth Beach World AIDS Day include: CAMP Rehoboth, Sussex County AIDS Council, Clear Space Productions, Delaware HIV Consortium, All Saints Episcopal Church, Epworth United Methodist Church, and the Cape Gazette.
Art Exhibit Features HIV+ Artists and the Work of Local Students
World AIDS Day activities will begin at 4 p.m., on December 1, with the opening reception for the World AIDS Day Art Exhibit and the CAMP Rehoboth Student Art Contest show at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center in downtown Rehoboth Beach. The show will feature work by artists Niccolo Cataldi and Greg Mitchell as well as the entries from the Student Art Contest.
Artists Cataldi and Mitchell are both HIV positive artists. Niccolo Cataldi is a sculptor and painter, born in the Dominican Republic, and living now in New York City. His most recent works fuse native cultures with classical European tradition, seamlessly integrating the influences of his various ancestries (African, Caribbean, European). Greg Mitchell's photography work wasuntil recently, when he received a grant from Visual AIDSshot on his webcam.
Winners in the CAMP Rehoboth Student Art Contest are: High SchoolFirst Place, Janine Bond; Second Place, Amanda Boyer; Third Place, Kayla Krzewski; Honorable Mention, Amber Davis; Honorable Mention, Lauren Blades & Brittany Bacon. Middle School winners are: First Place, Nicole Viscount; Second Place, Brenna Gausse; Third Place, Jonathan Kelly; Honorable Mention, Dominique Tusso; Honorable Mention, Raven Blakeney. Contest awards will be presented at the Student Art opening reception at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.
Statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control establishes that 50% of all new HIV infections occur in young people under the age of 25. National case surveillance data for people ages 13 to 24 revealed that HIV/AIDS falls most heavily on black and Hispanic youth.
The World AIDS Day Committee believes that by raising awareness and providing accurate, age-appropriate information, our young citizens can decrease the incidence of HIV disease and AIDS.
Photos: High School Winners, top to bottom 1) First Place, Janine Bond; 2) Second Place, Amanda Boyer; 3) Third Place, Kayla Krzewsk. Middle School Winners: 4) First Place, Nicole Viscount; 5) Second Place, Brenna Gausse; 6) Third Place, Jonathan Kelly.WORLD AIDS DAY Schedule of Events
Nov 21-Dec 1 Add names to Ribbons of Hope to be carried in the Candlelight Walk. Ribbons at: CAMP Rehoboth, All Saints' Episcopal, & Epworth Methodist.
Dec 1 4:00-5:50 pm Reception for World AIDS Day Student Art Exhibit & HIV+ Artists Niccolo Cataldi & Greg Mitchell at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center.
Dec 1 5:45-6 pm Gather at State Road in Rehoboth Beach to join the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade lineup (look for the World AIDS Day banners). Candles will be provided.
Dec 1 6:30 pm Candlelight Walk of Hope begins as a part of the Rehoboth Beach Christmas Parade
Dec 1 7:30 pm Service of Remembrance and Hope at All Saints' Episcopal Church18 Olive Avenue
Dec 1 8:30 pm (or when the service ends) Light supper at All Saints' Church after the service of Remembrance and Hope
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 15 November 21, 2008