What is Red Party?
Red Party is a charity organisation led by students involved with Interhealth, the Western Australian Medical Students’ Society (WAMSS) Global Health Group, which raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. AIDS has claimed the lives of 34 million people worldwide and each day there are new HIV infections. The Red Party campaign is our method, as university students, of engaging in the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS in the developing world and contributing to the fight against this terrible disease.
The Red Party is an initiative that originated out of a branch of the medical society Medsin in Manchester, UK. In 2007, with the support of Western Australian Medical Studentsʼ Society (WAMSS), a small group of medical students at the University of Western Australia (UWA) sought to create Australiaʼs own Red Party.
The Red Party campaign consists of a series of awareness and fundraising events every year with two main goals: to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the wider community and to generate funds which are all donated to Oxfam Australia’s Integrated HIV and AIDS Program, South Africa.
The concept of the Red Party is simple: a great party with a red theme, the internationally recognised colour of AIDS. We aim to create a fantastic event with a positive vibe and diverse entertainment acts to set ourselves apart from other university parties. Red Parties across Australia bring together thousands of university students to raise money for HIV/ AIDS and promote awareness of the disease.
Alongside the main fundraising event we run an educational campaign called Red Aware. These events are designed to raise awareness amongst the university population and the general public about the disease and its implications in the community and worldwide. In the past Red Aware events have run Film Festivals, Art Exhibitions, Quiz Nights, Panel Discussions and Information evenings with speakers.
Since the launch of the Red Party project in 2007 we have donated over $170,000 to this cause and we have engaged thousands of university students in our awareness campaign and the project has since spread nationally, with 16 medical school sociteties now running Red Parties.