World AIDS Day 2008

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by Gabrielle Riel on Monday, 1 December, 2008

Today, December 1, 2008, is the 20th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, which is the day when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. In honor of these last 20 years of hard work, and the years of work ahead, Radio Riel is presenting a program of music from around the world. We hope you enjoy your world tour today and thank you for listening to Radio Riel.

Gabrielle Riel will be broadcasting the dedication ceremony of the new sim for HIV/AIDS education, outreach and support live from the Karuna Sim from 10:00am — 11:00am on Radio Riel’s Main Stream.

Click here for the recorded podcast of this morning’s presentation.

Or listen using this player here.

The Karuna Sim project press release:

Thanks to a generous grant from the National Library of Medicine, a brand new island dedicated to HIV/AIDS education, outreach, and support will open in Second Life on December 1 — World AIDS Day, 2008.

Please join us at . Note that the island will be open to the public on that day.

Christened Karuna, a word taken from an early Indo-Aryan language, the name of the island embodies the desire to remove harm and suffering, and to bring about the well-being and happiness of others.

Karuna team members include AIDS/HIV support group leaders as well as AIDS content information experts and educators, ensuring that the best, most recent, evidence-based information is available.

The project objective is to empower individuals in healthcare decision making. Through this project, one-to-one health information reference services are provided by experienced medical and consumer health librarians.

In addition to providing infomation resources, support, and networking opportunities, Karuna is built around a Garden of Experience, where the experiences of those dealing with HIV/AIDS will be shared in a variety of formats including poetry, photos, music, and video.

For more information about this project, see

We are proud to be working with other organizations in this effort, including, the University of North Carolina Center for AIDS research, Community Outreach, Dissemination, and Education Office (CFAR), and most recently, by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Together, we work to ensure that the idea of community is foremost. Individuals are at the heart of Karuna, and it is through sharing tales and human connections that we find our best selves.


All times listed are Pacific Standard Times


Note that the island will be open to the public on that day

10–10:10 Story to Live By (Jenaia Morane)
10:10–10:20 AIDS/HIV Support & Experience (Ricken Flow)
10:20–30 Health in Second Life (Pathfinder Linden)
10:30–10:40 The HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Ellechim Fizzle)
10:40–10:50 Karuna: The Grant and the Vision (Carolina Keats )
10:50–11:00 Questions and Answers
11:10 – 11:45 Tours of Karuna
11:45 – 1:00 Lunch break
1:00 – 3:00 Story writing workshop and posting of stories
5:00–5:15 Closing Ceremony – Candle of Hope is lit
6:00 – 8:00 Dance with live DJ
8:00 – 9:00 Music: Live performance by Cylindrian Rutabaga


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Elrik Merlin December 1, 2008 at 16:34

Thanks for making this recording available for those of us who, for one reason or another, couldn't be there "in person".

This new project is a wonderful example of how our new world can be used to help people everywhere by making knowledge and support available to the people who need it.

Kudos to all involved and many thanks for these inspiring messages of hope.


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