Volunteers sought for condom kit 'party'

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 August, 2007, 12:00am

Volunteers are being sought to help pack 30,000 safer sex kits in Lan Kwai Fong this afternoon.

Aids Concern, a non-governmental organisation, is seeking 20 to 30 more volunteers to help pack condoms into the kits at Club 1997 from noon to 4pm. It has recruited about 20 helpers already.

The kits, each containing a condom and a pamphlet about Aids, will be distributed in the Red Ribbon Angels Campaign, a one-month activity in Lan Kwai Fong and Soho. It is aimed at raising awareness of Aids prevention.

Loretta Wong Wai-kwan, the chief executive of Aids Concern, said the campaign, started in 2000, had been well supported by bars and restaurants in Lan Kwai Fong. She hoped the volunteers and people who received the kits would come to understand more about Aids.

Since Hong Kong detected the first HIV infection case in 1984 to March this year, 3,289 people have been reported infected with HIV, 75 per cent of whom were infected through sexual contact.

Jamie Higgins, the general manager of Club 1997, said it would be the fourth time the bar had lent its venue to Aids Concern to pack the kits.

He said the volunteers could also enjoy free drinks and music during the 'condom-packing party'. 'It will be a very meaningful and playful afternoon,' he said.

Families with children would also be welcome as the venue was smoke-free.