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Valentino Tear

A man who championed the cause of people with HIV and Aids will be celebrated at a party tonight.

Residents are invited to attend a party at Muse on Front Street, honouring the late pianist Michael Fox.

The event coincides with World Aids Day. Mr Fox was the face of local Aids activism and the executive director of the Allan Vincent Smith Foundation, a resource centre for HIV and Aids.

“I’m having a party in memory of his work with the Allan Vincent Smith Foundation,” said organiser Valentino Tear.

“The theme for World Aids Day is ‘Getting to Zero’. There are over 25 million people living with Aids; 33 million have died since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Michael Fox championed the cause for many years. Now with his passing and the closure of the Allan Vincent Smith Foundation and [the Aids awareness group] Star, there’s no real Aids charity [in Bermuda] anymore. There’s only Agape House. So I’m just trying to keep it in the public domain. We’re going to remember and celebrate his life and legacy through music.”

The cocktail party runs from 7pm until 11pm and there will be music by DJ VIP.

Admission is $10 at the door and there will be a donation box with money going to Friends of Hospice and its support of Agape House.

Said Mr Tear: “He’s sorely missed by many fans of his music and his charitable work. I encourage everyone, young and old, to come out and celebrate the life of a legend and a dear friend to the community.”

Michael Fox