Scotland’s turning red for World AIDS Day!

Buildings across Scotland will light up red to mark World AIDS Day on the 1st December. In doing so, they’ll show their support for those in Scotland living with HIV and their commitment to challenging the stigma that still exists around HIV and AIDS.

Light Up Scotland 2013 saw 50 buildings from Ayrshire to Shetland taking part. These included churches, theatres, hospitals, landmarks and educational institutions. Volunteer photographers were out and about around the country recording the event, and sharing their incredible shots with us online. You can see their wonderful work on our Flickr stream.

This year, Light Up Scotland will be even bigger. With two weeks to go, 57 buildings have agreed to take part. We’re hoping that over 65 will be involved by December 1st.

New and exciting for this year: we’re really excited to announce that The Falkirk Wheel will be part of Light Up Scotland this year. We can’t wait to see this unique piece of Scotland’s infrastructure turn red!

Drivers heading home on the M8 on the 1st December will also see Andy Scott’s sculpture, The Heavy Horse, lit in red for Light Up Scotland. Meanwhile, through Network Rail’s participation, those passing through Glasgow Central Station or Edinburgh Waverley will see red lights, changes to display screens, and World AIDS Day stands.

We’ve also had a great response from Scotland’s universities and colleges. Buildings are set to turn red at Abertay University; Robert Gordon University; Borders College; the University of Edinburgh; the University of Stirling; and the University of Aberdeen. It’s been wonderful to see the enthusiasm of student groups around Scotland as they work to raise awareness of this issue: organizing for buildings to light up, creating events, and fundraising for HIV and AIDS charities.

Several buildings will be Lighting Up for the second or third time. These include the SSE Hydro, Camera Obscura, Harvey Nichols, Inverness Castle, and the John Finnie Street Clock in Kilmarnock.

You can see all of the buildings that will be lighting up in your area – take a look, visit them on December 1st and tweet or post a picture if you can, to us at @AIDSdayScot. And if you know a building that might want to take part, it’s not too late to get involved. Those with buildings, big or small, that want to be part of Light Up Scotland, can email us to find out more.

While most buildings will turn their outside lights red, some will take part in other ways: flying flags; turning their internal lights red; and displaying messages on posters or screens.

With over 40 volunteer photographers having got in touch so far, we’re excited not just to see Scotland light up, but to share it with you. We’ll be busy keeping you updated on Light Up Scotland in the run up to World AIDS Day, and on December 1st itself. You can like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for all the latest.

Whatever you’re doing to mark World AIDS Day, we’d love to hear from you. You can share photos of buildings participating in Light Up Scotland, or tell us what you’re doing for World AIDS Day using #WhatWillYouDo and #WorldAIDSDay.

We’ve put together some ideas for what you can do to get involved in World AIDS Day and can’t wait to see people and organisations across Scotland marking the day.