(SA) World AIDS Day 2011

On December 1st and 7th, conventions were held in Clau-Clau and Bushbuckridge for World AIDS Day 2011. Children gathered to perform plays, songs, dances and poems in order to increase awareness and to take a stand together against the negative stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Two-hundred children, aged 10 – 14, attended each event. Both days began with breakfast prepared by local careworkers and ending with lunch and fellowship. Maggie (18), a local youth leader, prepared the following speech to commemorate the occasion:

A day that is an opportunity for people world-wide to unite in the fight against HIV, showing support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

It started on the 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important for reminding people that HIV has not gone away and that there are many things still to be done. HIV today is a threat to men, women, and children around the world. The theme for World AIDS Day 2011 is “Getting to Zero”. After 30 years of the global fight against HIV/AIDS this year the global community has committed to focus on achieving 3 targets: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Remember if you are not infected, you’re affected. Let’s beat it! Make your move...

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