Reston-based Global Camps Africa will mark World AIDS Day on Saturday, Dec. 1 with a Global Campfire at Reston Association's Walker Nature Education Center Fire Ring (Soapstone Road between Glade and Lawyers).
Global Camps Africa was founded by longtime Restonian Phil Lilienthal. The organization provides HIV education and life skills to HIV-affected children in South Africa.
“We want our campfire to bring the community closer to experience the strength of what a group can bring to a problem - even one as immense as HIV/AIDS," says Lilienthal.
Using the power of camp as its vehicle, GCA delivers these services to the under-served and at-risk population of orphans and vulnerable children from some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the HIV epidemic in South Africa.
The public is invited to the campfire, which will feature music, marshmallow roasting, and camp games. The fun begins at 4 p.m.
There will will also be a guest singer, Ashleigh Cevalier.
Those interested in attending should bring their own chairs, blankets, and flashlights. Global Camps Africa will have a photographer on site and will be posting pictures from the event on their website so that so that people all over the world can share in this special experience to honor World AIDS Day.
“The purpose of Global Campfire is to bring people together to remember those we have lost in the AIDS epidemic, but also to celebrate the many lives that have been saved through the wonderful prevention, care, and treatment programs around the world,” said Emily Crowder, Global Camps Africa’s Executive Director.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
4:00: Group Sing-Along
4:30: Welcome & Brief Remarks (Phil Lilienthal, Founder)
4:45: Camp Games
5:00-6:00: Musical Performance by Ashleigh Cevalier; Marshmallow Roasting.