San Pedro AIDS Commission hosts successful awareness fair and fundraiser
Friday, December 4th, 2015
The San Pedro AIDS Commission and the National AIDS Commission/Island Committee (NAC Island Committee) collaborated in hosting the annual World AIDS Day Awareness Fair at the Central Park on Sunday, November 29th. Some of the activities held in commemoration of the day were free HIV rapid testing, information and counseling, condom distribution, pastry and food sales. International AIDS Day is officially observed on December 1st across the world as an opportunity for people to unite in the fight against HIV.
The two HIV/AIDS awareness groups on the island got the activities underway at 9AM sharp with a good turnout of visitors stopping by the various booths. There was even a booth where children could entertain themselves learning how to paint while their parents were tested. Serenading the event was no other than San Pedro’s number one band, Rompe Raja! The San Pedro AIDS Commission sold delicious pastries, rice and beans, and drinks for fundraising, while the NAC Island Committee offered free testing, education and counseling.
The president of the NAC Island Committee, Kristina Romero was pleased with how the event turned out. “It was a good turnout, even though people are not usually receptive getting tested. Overall we saw a good response from the community.” stated Romero. A total of 45 people were tested and educated on HIV awareness and prevention methods.
President of the San Pedro AIDS Commission, Felix Ayuso expressed his appreciation towards the NAC Island Committee for their collaboration and assistance in making the event a success. He added that the proceeds from their fundraising primarily assist people that are living with HIV/AIDS. Ayuso thanked everyone who continues to contribute and support the event, which helps to improve the quality of life for persons living with the virus.
The two groups would like to cordially thank the members of their committee, volunteers, the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Polyclinic II and Ministry of Health workers who gave their time and services, The San Pedro Sun Newspaper, and the community for their support.
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