The inaugural World AIDS Day Dinner will be held at Randwick Race Course on December 1 as a benefit for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and the St. Vincents Hospital Patient Support Fund.

The dinner, at the racecourse’s Oaks Lawn Marquee, will feature entertainment from the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Wendy Matthews and So You Think You Can Dance Australia.

A three course meal will be provided by celebrity chef Peter Evans of My Kitchen Rules, Tony Bilson of the Radisson Plaza Hotel’s Bilson’s restaurant and Adriano Zumbo of Adriano Zumbo Patissiere.

The dinner is supported by former High Court justice Michael Kirby, the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, Elle MacPherson, and Professor David Cooper of the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Kirby said World AIDS Day was a time to reflect on the unexpected, unpredicted and massive global tragedy of HIV.

“AIDS is not over,” said Kirby, “We still have no cure and no vaccine. We need to maintain vigilance, to promote education, to remove stigma and to secure behaviour change. All of this is hard. But it constitutes an objective of World AIDS Day.”

Speakers at the dinner will be some of Australia’s leading HIV/AIDS experts.

info: Tickets are $282.50 and available through www.worldaidsdaydinner.com.au

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