Thursday 16 February 2017
An estimated of 150 volunteers contributed to the Ending HIV Big Gay Out 2017 and almost 120 participated in the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) ‘Ending HIV’ float at the Pride Parade.
“From giving visibility to the important message of ending HIV to walking in solidarity as a part of the NZAF float in the Pride Parade, volunteers are an integral part of our work. We’re very grateful for their support,” says Joe Rich, Communications & Marketing Director, NZAF.
Without the time and efforts of volunteers, it would be impossible to pull-off events of the scale that is the Ending HIV Big Gay Out.
“My friend and I were going together but she couldn’t make it. I went alone and had a great time. I greeted media and I would say the experience was exciting, exhausting and rewarding. I look forward to coming back next year and many more years after that,” says Katie Fitzgerald who volunteered at the Ending HIV Big Gay Out 2017.
Aside of our events, volunteers help pack condoms each week at the Foundation offices in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.
To volunteer, simply show up at 5.30 pm on Wednesdays at our Auckland office and on Wednesdays at 5 pm and Fridays at 1 pm at our Wellington office. Condom packing is held once a month at our Christchurch office.