A government funding body will be pressed today to reveal whether it will continue to support an Aids taskforce that gathers information from people in the SAR who are at risk from the disease. Funding for the Community Planning Committee was stopped in August. A petition signed by 45 members of the committee urges the Health and Welfare Bureau's Aids Trust Fund (ATF) to decide on the group's future at its meeting today. 'We are all extremely disappointed that the ATF does not appear to take our efforts at all seriously,' said Graham Smith, chairman of the Hong Kong Coalition of Aids Service Organisations and the committee's co-ordinator. The committee comprises 50 academics, professionals, Aids workers and representatives of vulnerable groups such as gay men and sex workers. Members had volunteered their time over a 21-month period to investigate HIV/Aids infection in the SAR in order to recommend Aids-prevention strategies. The committee's work was modelled on the approach used by the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure that government funding 'follows the epidemic' so that money is spent effectively. A report of the committee's findings was submitted to the Aids Trust Fund last September. But its work stopped in August when a funding application for another two rounds of community planning was rejected. The taskforce submitted another application requesting an extension of funding so it could continue its work. Mr Smith said a decision on that application had been postponed from November to today's meeting. 'We feel we are owed a formal response indicating how the Aids Trust Fund plans to deal with our recommendations,' he said. He added that the continued work of the committee had been publicly endorsed by Director of Health Dr Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun and the chairman of the Advisory Council on Aids, Dr Homer Tso Wei-kwok. A spokesman for the Aids Trust Fund said it could not comment on today's meeting.