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World Aids Day is a moment for each and every person to sit back and reflect on the progress of Aids awareness globally. There has definitely been a shift in mindset and South Africans have been responding positively to lifting the stigma of H.I.V and Aids.
The 30 year global response to H.I.V in low to middle income countries has seen 24% of young women and 36% of young men educated about prevention and transmission. Basically this tells us that there is a huge gap in awareness and it is imperative that these numbers go up.
According to 2010 statistics, in 2009 there were 330 000 under fifteens living with H.I.V. The children are our future, therefore having as much as possible people speak about this is crucial. The impact H.I.V has had on kids is heart wrenching as it not only affects those who are infected by the disease, but also affect those who lose parents and guardians to Aids related illnesses. From this stems emotional and financial hardships which could bare detrimental long term effects.
The numbers are frightening but this is the reality of it all and we as fellow South Africans have to play our part in educating within our circles. So in honour of World Aids Day and all our people who have lost their lives and loved ones to H.I.V and Aids; get involved by mobilising resources, raising funds and stopping ignorance.
World Aids day events
World Aids Day Concert
Venue: Moses Mabhida Peoples Park Stadium
Time: 12pm till Late
Hillcrest Aids Centre
World Aids Day Benefit Concert
Venue: Jet Nightclub
The Coca-Cola Dome – Cnr Olievenhout and Northumberland Ave; Northriding
Park Station – Testing Centres
6am – 7am
· March taking place from Mandela bridge to Newtown Park
· Day filled with speeches and entertainment
· Exec Mayor, Parks Tau and head of health & development, Nonceba Molelwa
· Nelson Mandela bridge will be lit up in honour of World Aids Day which will be on for 30 days.
Ikapa World Aids Day Concert
V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Ikapa Dance Theatre - “Who R we 2B?”
Entertaining and Educational for the entire family.
Zip Zap Circus School - Special Aids Day Show
Oliver Tambo School Hall – Khayelitsha
Time: 10am – 3pm
Children from Ibhongolethu, an HIV/AIDS outreach programme, will be performing high-flying acts.
By Martine Hendricks