5,000 Flags Dot Campus for World AIDS Day

Red flags represent less than 1 percent of those that die annually from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses

A UC Riverside student places one of 5,000 flags on the campus lawn Thursday, Dec. 1 to mark World AIDS Day.

One of the 5,000 flags placed on campus Thursday, Dec. 1 to mark World AIDS Day.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)—Five-thousand red flags were posted around UC Riverside bell tower Thursday, Dec. 1 to draw attention to World AIDS Day.

The flags represent less than 1 percent of those that die annually from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses, said Devon Sakamoto, health education coordinator at The Well and one of the organizers of the event. Many of flags include the names of those that died from those illnesses.

The flag posting and other World AIDS Day related events around the bell tower were coordinated by four campus groups: the UC Riverside Committee on HIV/AIDS, Student Wellness Partners, Education For All and Golden Arches.

UCR students and staff who placed the flags on campus.

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