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HIV/AIDS CANDLE LIGHT MEMORIAL: NORTHERN CAPE
2022/06/02      |  Written By:  SAC C Kompe   |   Province:  Northern Cape

The Northern Cape Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) together with Liberty Life held HIV/AIDS candle light memorial on Friday, 30 May 2022, at the Kimberley Station Gym.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is observed on the third Sunday of May, annually.  It  is not only an opportunity to remember the people we have lost but also to honour those who dedicated their lives to helping people living with and affected by HIV and continue to mobilise our communities in solidarity. 

The event was opened with a devotion by Chaplain (Warrant Officer) Cornelius Shupinyaneng and Lieutenant Colonel (Rev) Julius Pudule welcomed everybody who was present at the service.

The purpose of this Candlelight Memorial serves as an important platform for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to a new generation.

Provincial ambassadors and peer educators shared their life journeys and experiences and Liberty Life as well as union representatives from POPCRU and SAPU delivered messages of support.

WO Zanele Jacobs(professional nurse) was the keynote speaker and she enlightened the people about HIV/AIDS and how to combat the stigma attached to the decease. Jacobs reiterated that “we are firstly human, before our titles, ranks and anything else and in the eyes of the creator we are all equal”.

Lt Col (Rev) Naledi Otswelwang did the vote of thanks and Chaplain (WO) Paul Volgraaff concluded with a powerful prayer.

The event was a great success and candles were lit to remember the fallen and also to honour the living. In conclusion a pledge was signed under the theme “My Health, My Plan”.

 

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WO Jacobs
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Some of the attendees of the event