Team Carib Connect To Host Candle Light Vigil For World Aids Day! December 3, 3011, Laurelton Queens

Jacquline Bennett, co-founder of New York based Team Carib Connect announced recently that her organisation will host a candle light vigil on Saturday, December 3rd, two days after World AIDS Day is formally observed) at Clippers Restaurant on 234-36 Merrick Blvd in Laurelton Queens from 4-7pm

The event will bring much needed visibility to yet another plight of Caribbean nationals in the Diaspora who are stricken by the dreaded disease.

“HIV/AIDS has, and continues to affect many Caribbean families in the Diaspora. We are elated that Irie Jam decided to partner with us on this most worthwhile and timely venture. This provides us a more powerful medium to connect with our brothers and sisters in the tri-state area regarding critical awareness efforts,” Team Carib Connect spokesperson Kimsue Byan said.

According to data released by The World Health Organization (WHO), there were 33.4 million people globally living with HIV in 2008. An estimated 2.7 million were newly infected with the virus and 2 million died of AIDS that year. Sub-Saharan Africa (the region most heavily affected by HIV) accounted for 67% of HIV infections worldwide, 68% of new HIV infections among adults and 91% of new HIV infections among children. The region also accounted for 72% of the world’s AIDS-related deaths in 2008.

Team Carib Connect and Irie Jam media (a co sponsor of the event) have worked together in the past, jointly participating in numerous charity health based ventures to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer, Autism, Sickle Cell, Lupus, and Diabetes.

“As 2011 comes to a close”, Bryan said “the decision was made to make a stronger public appeal to the community with a view to help grow the number of community participants at these charity events. Let’s light a candle for a person living with the HIV/AIDS virus and the countless lives that have been lost in the past. Even if you do not know someone personally who has been directly affected by the virus, always remember that there are many amongst us who have, and will die alone. Please come out and light a candle for them all” Bryan reiterated.

The event will have as an added feature, a special live performance by reggae singer Ed Robinson. The singer is excited to be supporting the vigil, and is looking forward to perform for his New York area fans.

Parents are encouraged to bring out their kids, as only a $1.00 contribution per candle will be collected at the vigil. All contributions received will go toward the Jamaica Mustard Seed Dare to Care Program. Dare to Care is the first and only home of its kind in Jamaica that provides care, specifically for children living with HIV/AIDS. The doors of Dare to Care opened to seven children on September 14, 2000 and now cares for over 31 children ranging from ages 5 to 17 years.