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WORLD AIDS DAY 2016

What is World AIDS Day?

World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?

Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who are living with HIV. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

Commemoration of World AIDS Day 2016

Emalahleni Housing Company will be commemorating World AIDS Day on the 1st of December 2016 with a candlelight prayer ceremony to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Presentations by counsellors and support groups for staff, tenants and the broader community will also form part of the programme, to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS and with a view to reduce stigma and discrimination. The proceedings will take place at Gods Love Worship Centre at Uthingo Park from 09h00 until 12h00.

A Wellness Day will take place on the 03rd of December 2016 from 07h00 until 14h00 at Ilanga Secondary School at Uthingo Park which will include the following activities:

  • “Fun Run/Walk for Life” – a 5km / 10km family fun run/walk.
  • Aerobics
  • Vocal and dance performances by winners of EHCs“Rising Star” talent competition that took place on Heritage Day.
  • Jumping castles and face-painting.
  • Voluntary HIV/AIDS testing and counselling by New Start.
  • Voluntary blood donations by the South African National Blood Service.

An entrance/registration fee of R90.00 is applicable. The first 200 participants to register will receive a t-shirt and foam cap. A discount of 10% will be applicable for group registrations of 10 or more participants. Pre-registration on 02 December 2016 from 08h00 to 13h00 at the EHC Maintenance Office, Block 16, Uthingo Park; or register online at www.ehco.co.za (submit registration form and proof of payment via fax (086 690 3777) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Water points are available at R1000.00 per station.

A tuck shop will also be available on the day.

Your Support

We hope to receive your support in the spirit of promoting wellness and reducing stigma and discrimination by joining us in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Further Information

Click to Download the Registration Form.

For further information please contact:

Rose Chetty Trevor Dube
Emalahleni Housing Company  Sport Wrap Foundation
078 459 6706 / (013) 690 1372 083 492 4359
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