The San Pedro Sun

San Pedro AIDS Commission’s new board members set goals

A mural at the local high school aims to create awareness through education via a sensitive message on HIV/AIDS. Newly elected members of the San Pedro AIDS Commission (SPAC) seek to launch an aggressive educational campaign on the deadly virus, starting with the mural.
The newly installed board members of the SPAC were elected during their general meeting held early in March. The new members for the 2016 board are: Felix Ayuso (President), David Jenkins (Vice President), Carmen Trejo Ancona (Secretary), and Nesher Acosta (Treasurer).


According to President Ayuso, the mural by the San Pedro High School (SPHS) is being funded via money collected during the organization’s participation group in this year’s annual Carnaval Comparsas back in February. “As part of the educational campaign being launched, we have selected attractive images about HIV/AIDS Awarenes,” said Ayuso. “These images will be painted on the fence and serve as a constant reminder to the students about the importance of educating themselves on the disease and making the right choices.” The artist who will be painting these images will be Pablito Guerrero who has done many of the organization’s murals.
Additionally, the SPAC will be embarking on several other community projects in order to be more involved with the residents of the island. “Even though we are very visible in the community, we have decided to undertake other challenges, particularly where the community is concerned,” stated Ayuso. “We hope to join the many clean up campaigns, support other organizations, schools and the community in general.” Ayuso indicated that island residents have been very supportive to the organization, and this is just one way in saying thanks for their support.
The San Pedro AIDS Commission is made up of volunteers from all walks of life that provide HIV/AIDS education and awareness. At the same time, they work hand-in-hand with people living with the disease and ensure they are getting the medication needed so that they can live a normal life. The group is currently working on a few other projects, which they will announce soon.
The new members of the board look forward to continue working together with the community, providing their assistance to all those who may need it.
Anyone wishing to be part of the organization can contact Ayuso at 663-9922 or visit JoSe’s Salon (in front of the High School), which serves as San Pedro AIDS Commission Headquarters.