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Triple-sized Body Positive opens tomorrow

Thu 29 May 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Central Auckland's MP Judith Tizard will officially open the new expanded Body Positive House premises this Friday 30 May. Bruce Kilmister, CEO of Body Positive, a counselling and support service for people living with HIV, says "It's a momentous day for Body Positive; to finally have a facility big enough for us to properly provide care and support for HIV+ communities. "It's been a collaborative project which has resulted successfully in our floor space tripling in size, allowing us to create a fantastic members lounge and dining room, internet study, massage room, rest space, private meeting room and separate administration offices." The new Body Positive House now occupies a side of the building used by the NZ AIDS Foundation's Burnett Centre clinic until earlier this year. The building was once three firemen's flats - complete with a fireman's pole - for the neighbouring fire station, but now, after some heavy-duty concrete cutting, the spaces interconnect at both ground and first floor levels but the space still maintains a residential feel. In its early days, Body Positive operated from a one-room office and even though the organisation now occupies half a building, the commitment to helping improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS remains unchanged, says Kilmister. "The opening of Body Positive House signifies a coming of age in attitudes towards peer support, by providing a focus point for the HIV community to help care for itself." Tomorrow's opening ceremony will commence at 6pm, with official proceedings followed shortly after by drinks and finger food.    

Credit: GayNZ.com News Staff

First published: Thursday, 29th May 2008 - 12:01pm

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