In The South

B RIGHT ON FESTIVAL: Brighton HIV charity run Community Café at Phil Starr Pavilion LGBT History Month events

Besi Besemar February 6, 2017

Lunch Positive the Brighton based HIV charity will be catering at a wide range of events being staged as part of the B RIGHT ON LGBT Festival which celebrates LGBT History month during February.

The Lunch Positive Community Café, situated just outside the Phil Starr Pavilion in New Steine Gardens will be staffed by Lunch Positive volunteers.

During the daytime the Community Café will cater for small LGBT+ group events and grassroots community initiatives with no charge for food, but donations on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis.

During evening events volunteers at the Community Café will be selling a range of affordable freshly cooked food for event-goers of the big main stage events. Every penny raised will go towards running the HIV Lunch Club and supporting people with HIV.

There will also be a Big Community Lunch on Friday February 17, a public event, open to everyone to drop in between 11am and 4pm.

Lunch Positive volunteers will prepare and serve a range of hot rice and pasta dishes, quiches and jacket potatoes, soups, tea, coffee, and more! There is no charge, donations are welcome for people to ‘pay as you feel’.

Over the two weeks of the festival the entire volunteer team and members at Lunch Positive will be involved, including planning the menu, cooking, serving and being available to help people at each event. Over 600 hours will be given by Lunch Positive volunteers as part of the festival.

Gary Pargeter
Gary Pargeter

Gary Pargeter, Service Manager, said: This new festival looks fantastic! We are hugely grateful to the LGBT Community Safety Forum for their vision and support in helping us participate. It’s especially exciting that we will be involved in a range of fundraising for our own charity, while working alongside other small community groups. We also especially hope that our catering at the evening main stage events and the Big Community Lunch on February 17 will be successful fundraisers for our charity, so please come along and get something to eat from us! Our volunteers and members have shown an amazing enthusiasm for getting involved, so please support us, and tell people that we will be there!”

Lunch Positive will be at these daytime community group events throughout February:

Friday 10: HIV History Day
Saturday 11: Yoga Day
Sunday 12: Soul Safari 2
Thursday 16: Work & Volunteer Day
Saturday 18: Family Day
Sunday 19: Soul Safari 3

The Community Café will be open in the evenings, fundraising at these main stage events:

Friday 10: Open Mic Night
Saturday 11:  Soundwaves
Sunday 12: Comedy Night
Thursday 16: Bingo Night
Friday 17: Rocky Horror Sing-along
Saturday 18: LGBT History Ball
Sunday 19: Divas

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