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World AIDS Day 2022

Find out how you can get involved with Waverley Care this World AIDS Day, Thursday 1st December 2022


Every year on 1 December, people around the world come together to unite in the fight against HIV, to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that continues to surround the condition.

In Scotland, we're on track to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve zero HIV transmissions, but we can't do it without your help. This World AIDS Day, we need your support to continue our work fighting HIV stigma and providing support to people across Scotland living with HIV.

For more information about HIV, click here.


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Fundraise for Waverley Care and together we can ensure that no-one in Scotland faces HIV alone. 

Why not try out one of the ideas below? Whether you choose to fundraise at work or home, we’re here every step of the way to support you. Request your fundraising pack here.

  • Bake sale - Get everyone to bring in some delicious treats and put out a donation box - everyone loves a bit of cake!
  • Host a prize draw or raffle - All you need to do is find a prize and encourage others to enter! We can help set-up text raffles to make it even easier.
  • Organise a night out - Whether it’s a quiz, party or ceilidh, kickstart December with a fundraising bang!
  • Set yourself a challenge - The trick is to pick something that really pushes you, from a 5km swim in the local pool to a treadmill marathon, and get sponsored to double the sense of achievement!

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Thinking about getting an HIV test?

Knowing your status is one way of helping Scotland achieve zero new HIV transmissions by 2030. On Thursday 1st December we are offering free, confidential HIV testing in venues across Scotland.

  • Waverley Mall, inside the Waverley Bridge entrance | 1st December, 9am - 5pm
  • Crew | 1st December, 5 - 7pm
  • Argyll Wellbeing Hub | 1st December, 5 - 7pm

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Events are taking place across Scotland on World AIDS Day.

St Mary's Episcopalian Catherdral, 2.30pm
St Mary's Episcopalian Catherdral on Palmerston Place is hosting a community gathering to mark World AIDS Day. The event will offer an opportunity for remembrance and reflection, with music and readings. Refreshments are provided.

Candle Lit Vigil, 7pm
To mark World AIDS Day, Oban Pride are holding a vigil at Argyll Wellbeing Hub. They welcome anyone who wants to remember loved ones, or who want to show their support to people living with HIV. Beforehand, we are holding a drop-in HIV testing clinic for anyone who wants to know their status.

Online Community Talk: The Power of Sharing Your Story, 3.30-4.30pm
Waverley Care's Development Manager for Minority Ethnic Health Ese Johnson is hosting an online talk for people from minority ethnic communities this World AIDS Day. At the event, Ese will share his personal experience of living with HIV as a man of African heritage and discuss how HIV can be prevented. The event is free to attend. Register on Eventbrite.

Cilla Slack’s Birthday Bash Fundraiser, 7pm
Planet Bar and Kitchen are hosting Cilla Slack’s Birthday Bash fundraiser on the 1st December from 7pm. Come along for games and a raffle hosted by Cilla Slack and Lily Minogue - all to raise money for Waverley Care. Raffle tickets are on sale from in the bar now!

The Big World AIDS Day Quiz, 8pm
With a raffle, prizes, and a surprise guest or two you don't want to miss out. Contact Roaming Quiz Man to book your table at CC Blooms. Quiz proceeds will be donated to Waverley Care, helping us make sure no one in Scotland faces HIV alone. 


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Every month, the recently opened Edinburgh Community Bookshop is supporting a different local charity. We’re thrilled to announce that Waverley Care has been chosen for the month of December. 

From 1st December 2022 – coinciding with World AIDS Day – the bookshop will donate the profits from all sales to Waverley Care, allowing us to provide life-changing support to people across Scotland living with HIV. To help us raise as much as possible, we need you to donate your pre-loved books to be sold in the shop.  

To highlight our work, we’re particularly keen to curate a special collection of books about HIV, hepatitis C, or LGBTQ+ activism, and books written by queer authors. If you have any recommendations, we’d love to hear them! 

Donations can be dropped-off at the bookshop 7 days a week, between 10am and 4pm. We can arrange pick-ups for donations of a significant size – simply get in touch with Holly at fundraising@waverleycare.org or call 0131 556 9710. 


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Remember your loved ones this World AIDS Day.

For World AIDS Day 2022, Waverley Care is creating a digital Remembrance Tree to commemorate those we've lost to HIV/AIDS. Add your memory of a family member or friend, or a message for World AIDS Day to the tree by completing this form.

The World AIDS Day Remembrance Tree will be available to view on our website from 1st December. 


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Every penny allows Waverley Care to provide life-changing support to people across Scotland living with, or affected by, HIV.

To donate to Waverley Care, click the button below or text WAD to 70480. Texts will cost £3 plus one standard network rate message.

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