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New life springs from AIDS memorial
The Sydney Park AIDS Memorial Groves tree planting project (SPAIDS) will hold its 37th tree planting day on Sunday, July 29.
SPAIDS is inviting Sydneysiders to plant a young Australian tree provided by Sydney City Council’s tree nursery to commemorate the life of someone who has died from HIV/AIDS. The trees can also commemorate LGBTI people who have died as the result of violence or the Holocaust or as another memorial alternative to the Quilt Project and Candlelight.
SPAIDS has a complete list of all the names commemorated since the first trees were planted on 15 May 1994. Thirty-six trees later, the list stretches to more than 1200 names and is available for viewing at each planting day. To date, more than 8000 trees have been planted in Sydney Park’s AIDS Memorial Groves.
The 37th SPAIDS planting will be held between 11am and 2.30pm in the Groves, in the park adjacent to Barwon Park Road off Princes Highway.
There will be a short tree-blessing ceremony adjacent to the SPAIDS Reflection Area between 12:30 and 1pm.