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Body Positive benefits from bear bar

Fri 7 Sep 2007 In: New Zealand Daily News

A support group for people living with HIV/AIDS received a large donation today from the management of K' Road bear bar Urge. Alan Granville, Paul Heard, Alan Bartlet and Bruce Kilmister Alan Granville and Paul Heard of Auckland's Urge Bar presented Bruce Kilmister and Alan Bartlet of Body Positive with a cheque for $650, raised at various Urge fundraising events. Body Positive's Co-General Facilitator Bruce Kilmister says he's very grateful for the donation and is hoping to work with the Urge boys on fun new ideas for fundraising events. The organisation was officially established in 1992 and offers peer support groups run by trained HIV+ facilitators. Body Positive also runs educational forums, advocates an HIV+ perspective in public forums and debates, provides networks for people living with HIV and is involved in the organisation of an annual retreat for HIV+ men. In general, the organisation attempts to break down the sense of isolation HIV+ people often experience. Body Positive House on Poynton Terrace, hosts monthly social events such as a monthly pot luck dinner and luncheons. The NZAF's Burnett Centre, next door to Body's Positive House near K' Road in Central Auckland, may have to move in coming weeks as demolition work begins nearby, but the Body Positive team hope to stay where they are, says Kilmister.     Ref: (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 7th September 2007 - 4:08pm

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