An enormous thank you to everyone who participated in AIDS Awareness Week events. Your continued support of people living with HIV, and your help in raising funds for the work of ACON and other HIV/AIDS organisations is much appreciated.

There’s a lotshappening in the Newcastle/Hunter region in December. LLINC are holding a Family Christmas Picnic on Saturday, December 11, and social pool is every Sunday 6pm at the Mayfield Hotel. Contact LLINC on 0416 703 173.

The next Back To The Wicko (for GLBT women) is on Saturday, December 18 at the Wickham Park Hotel from 4pm.

A new men’s social group has started. The group meets fortnightly for social events and activities. Contact ACON on 4927 6808.

A Newcastle PFLAG (Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians And Gays) group is in the initial stages of being established. If you are interested in being involved please contact ACON on 02 4927 6808.

You can have fun, meet new people, and get fit by coming along to ACON’s walking group every Tuesday morning 9am. Meet at the ACON (129 Maitland Rd Islington); bring your walking shoes and a hat.

ACON Hunter’s Client and Community Christmas Party is on Wednesday 22 December from 12.30pm at ACON, everyone is welcome. Please RSVP on 02 4927 6808.

If you are on the Mid North Coast, don’t miss the Out N Hastings ‘Hoe Down Throw Down’ country-themed party on Saturday, December 11 at the Settlers Inn. Contact Mel on 0424 790 168.

Whatever you are doing this festive season, plan to play and party safe, and look after yourself, your partner(s) and your friends. Free and confidential sexual health testing is available Thursday afternoons at ACON (129 Maitland Rd, Islington) – no appointment necessary. You can also pick up free safe sex packs from all ACON offices.

info: For more information about groups, services, organisations or community events in the Hunter, New England, MNC or Central Coast contact ACON on 4927 6808 or email hunter@acon.org.au

Lisa Ronneberg is the Community Health Promotion Officer at ACON’s Hunter office.

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