Red show put on to fight HIV/AIDs

Eastern’s New Student Programs and Student Community Service is hosting the 3rd annual Red Show today at 7 p.m.

Eastern’s Red Week takes place Nov. 29 through Dec. 4 with two to three events taking place each day. Wednesday’s The Red Show is a fundraiser to help raise money for the prevention and education of AIDS.

“The main point is to raise awareness of red and the urgency of cause,” said Rachel Fisher, the director of student community service.

The charity event will be located in the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union in the Grand Ballroom and will include dance, spoken word, a step show, and a fashion show.

“The night will be filled with a little bit of everything,” Fisher said.

Tickets can be purchased at the Union Ticket Office in advance for $4 or at the event for $5. The Grand Ballroom’s doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

“We want everyone to come out because this is a cause that matters. We want to show support for those who have been affected by the disease by friends or family who are suffering with the disease or have lost their lives,” Fisher said.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2009 every 9.5 minutes someone in the United States became infected with HIV. 100% of the proceeds from the Red Show as well as the other ‘Red Week’ events will go toward HIV/AIDS medication, education, and prevention.

“If we sell out we are looking to sell out, we are hoping to raise another $2,000,” she said.

A portion of the money will go to a local agency in Champaign and a portion will go to an international agency.

“It’s a way to act local but think global,” Fisher said.

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