World AIDS Day 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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One Response to “World AIDS Day 2008”

  1. Elrik Merlin says:

    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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