Octopus club sets a record -- party on!
Octopus is a uniquely Austin thing, with lots of people each doing a little part so that the total achievement is huge -- and all by having a good time! Basically, it's about people having parties and inviting their friends to donate to a good cause.
You can help in 2004! Throw your own Octopus Club party. Large or small, it could be a solo effort or done with friends. The Octopi are there to help you make it happen. Or join one of the "big" parties with multiple hosts: Arterotica in February, Octotrot in the spring, or Oasis Octotea Dance in the fall.
Giving a party or helping others give theirs isn't hard and doesn't take a lot of time -- and you are commanded to have fun! To find out how you can be a part of the action, check out the Web site at www.octopusclub.org.
There will be a time when HIV is no longer a challenge to our community. Until that happy day, it ain't over yet -- we'll keep "fun-raising" as long as the need persists.
Lew Aldridge, Founding Octopi
with Sandy Bartlett, Community Education Coordinator, AIDS Services of Austin
Have questions about HIV or AIDS? Call the ASA Info-Line at 458-AIDS or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.