The Anglican Board of Mission Australia will host a benefit this Friday, to raise money and awareness for its HIV/AIDS programs in Papua New Guinea.

For the past six years, the Anglican church has run preventative services and assistance programs for people living with HIV.

“A lot of the areas we work in are rural areas that hardly see any government services or any other non-government organisations,” ABM’s PNG program coordinator Annabel Dulhunty said.

“The church is a major provider of services and provides a broad range of assistance — for example, giving out both male and female condoms, giving voluntary counselling and testing, and programs to educate about HIV and reduce the stigma.”

Money raised also goes towards running peer education programs, testing clinics, specialist nursing programs and home-based care programs.

ABM also oversees a red ribbon church program throughout PNG.

Former High Court Justice Michael Kirby will preside over ABM’s Appeal Against AIDS fundraiser.

info: The Appeal Against AIDS fundraiser is on June 11, from 6pm at the Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney. Tickets cost $50. Bookings, call 9264 1021 or email info@abm.asn.au

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