Reiki and Cakey to mark World AIDS Day

Andrew Conn

World AIDS memorial in Seattle. Photo: Andrew Conn

What do Reiki, cake-baking, and 80s-style cocktail bars have in common?

These were some of the ways local organisations showed their support for World Aids Day this Tuesday.

This year the theme of the annual event, which was first held on 1st December 1988, was ‘human rights and access to treatment’.

Charities across east London hosted a range of activities to raise awareness of the illness, including a Cocktails and Dreams party and Dandy Boys auction held by Stepney-based AIDS charity Positive East.

A Reiki and Cakey afternoon will also be held in Mile End this Saturday to raise funds for the charity.

Meanwhile, primary care trusts in the four East London Lines boroughs held awareness events and offered free all-day HIV testing.

Tower Hamlets PCT gave out information and condoms at Chrisp Street market, Stratford Triangle and the New Vic College, and Lewisham Hospital offered testing all day with results available in 20 minutes.

By Clare Finney and Ellie Rose

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