It’s become a custom to do something special on the 1st of December, like having a bake sale or hosting a dinner party or some fund-raising or charity event, whether on a small scale or on a large one, uniting people in the fight against HIV has been the goal since the first year this globally recognized day was instated, turning it into one of ...
It’s become a custom to do something special on the 1st of December, like having a bake sale or hosting a dinner party or some fund-raising or charity event, whether on a small scale or on a large one, uniting people in the fight against HIV has been the goal since the first year this globally recognized day was instated, turning it into one of the most known health days in the world.
Following a meeting of Health ministers in January 1988, came a decision that a day would be set aside for the Aids (Acquired immune Deficiency Syndrome) pandemic, and be dedicated to spread awareness and support for the people living with it and also remembering the ones that have lost their lives to this destructive virus. The 1st of December was chosen due to it being a date that’s separated enough from the Christmas holidays or any other. The idea of the ribbon originally hailing from organizations like “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” (MADD), who started the “Tie One On For Safety” campaigns and the US Army handing out a yellow ribbon to deployed soldiers, was with the aim of prevention, education and spreading awareness. With the display of an 18-foot Red Ribbon hanging in the iconic north portico of the White House in 2007, the United States swiftly symbolized their commitment to combat this epidemic as well, garnering a lot of attention, for this was the first banner, sign or symbol to prominently hang from the White house since Abraham Lincoln lived there, making the red ribbon the global symbol for solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with aids.
Having depicted a different theme each year since it started, ranging from themes like “COMMUNICATION” for the first one in ‘88, due to the majority of the world that were still denying its existence and effect, to “YOUTH”, “WOMAN and AIDS” and themes such as “STIGMA and DISCRIMINATION”, spreading knowledge of this virus has come quite a long way, for the countless lives that’s been lost are undeniable, therefore themes like the latest, “HANDS UP FOR HIV PREVENTION “or “GETTING TO ZERO”, show that people are more aware, with World Aids Day organizations targeting total prevention and control, instead of still trying to convince the world of its existence.
Looking at ideas on how to participate in this special day, wearing a red ribbon for one day just seems to be lacking a sort of lasting image and appeal and it helps to keep in mind the goal for its purpose, and that will be to spread awareness and express and show one’s support. As its been made known on many occasions, Inter-Branding takes this fact seriously and we pride ourselves on achieving the “lasting effect”. With items such as our World Aids Day Button Badge or Party Cups, all sporting the red ribbon of course, you can have an open door in acquiring affordable products in large quantities, easily achieving this goal, but taken into consideration, these products would most likely only be worn or used this one day in the year. If that would be your aim, then you have found the perfect place, but we also believe that one can go even further and have a bigger impact on spreading the awareness or showing commemoration, by looking at products of a more reusable kind, like the always popular World Aids Day Hand Pens, Memo Clips or Earphones and many other, creating a more lasting impression and can even be used as a thoughtful company gift, proving your own knowledge and support of this struggle to educate the world.