Helping hands join at Berario

The audience light candles to remember all those who have died from HIV/Aids.

Helping Hands Berario Organisation commemorated World Aids Day with the community through interactive activities.

Luthi Khumalo, managing director of the organisation, said that every year they host a commemoration like this one.

“We have to commemorate this day – it is very important to us because we run a support group for people living with HIV/Aids along with other chronic diseases.”

She added that though the day was not as heavily attended as it usually is, she appreciated the support they received from those who came out.

Nurse Tatum Bradford encourages people to know their status and that of their partners.

Nurse Tatum Bradford encourages people to know their status and that of their partners.

The day had a whole host of activities for those in attendance to participate in. Khumalo explained that on the day, there was a play that was acted out by the support group members who are all domestic workers. “They wanted to do drama that was educational and showed the audience how people get infected with HIV/Aids.” The play was coached by a Wits student who majors in acting.

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One of the speakers, nurse Tatum Bradford said that the day was meant to wake people up and get people’s attention. “Even if we made a change in one person’s life, that one person will spread the knowledge they gained here and take it to others.”

Throughout the day people in attendance were welcome to get tested for HIV, have pap smears, blood sugar testing along with blood pressure testing.

The audience also lit a candle at the end of the event to remember those who died from HIV/Aids.

Khumalo concluded that the organisation accomplished what it was meant to. She hoped that next year would bring, not only new opportunities but a greater audience to impact.

Neo Phashe

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