Special nightclub events held in conjunction with AIDS Awareness Week have yielded substantial returns for ACON.

A $10 surcharge on the door at Arq last Sunday night raised $10,230, while the annual Red party at Stonewall raised a further $5,526.

ACON also benefited from last Sunday’s T party at Taylor Square, collecting $2,000 from red ribbon sales at the event and $800 from a sausage sizzle outside the Oxford Hotel.

The cash raised from other red ribbons sales is yet to be counted.

An ACON spokesperson declined to comment on whether red ribbon sales had declined overall, but said that attracting volunteers for red ribbon sales gets harder every year.

We’re lucky that we have the level of support we have from Arq and Stonewall, the spokesperson said.

The annual Candlelight event, postponed because of inclement weather, went ahead on a rain-soaked Monday night and concluded ACON’s AIDS Awareness Week activities.

Between 150 and 200 people turned out in the rain -¦ to attend Candlelight in Green Park, showing great commitment to a community memorial that means many things to many people, Lovney said.

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