San Pedro AIDS Commission undertakes new beautification project
Monday, April 4th, 2016
An educational and sensitive message on HIV/AIDS is being portrayed on a mural at the local high school. This is another of the several beautification projects that the San Pedro Aids Commission has engaged in, with the purpose of launching an attractive educational campaign about the consequences of contracting the deadly virus.
According to Felix Ayuso, President of the San Pedro Aids Commission, they have several projects on the table, but are tackling them one at a time. He added that they want to be more involved in the community, and with the mural by the San Pedro High School (SPHS), this is their first step in promoting their services on the island.
After several of their past murals around town were vandalized, Ayuso takes this opportunity to ask the community to be more supportive and take the matter seriously. “There is a message of awareness, love and how to treat others with the virus in our paintings,” he said. “Every time our paintings are vandalized, we paint them over again. However, that is not the purpose; we want everyone to be more concerned and educated about HIV/AIDS.”
Ayuso hopes that the new beautification projects coming up in the future, especially the one at the SPHS fence will not be vandalized. The San Pedro AIDS Commission reiterates that the art work on the mural is for everyone to be conscious of the virus and how to treat others that are living with it.
Ayuso pointed out other projects that have been done throughout the island by the committee. “We have a mural on the fence of the gas station in town and other areas of the town core,” he said. “We also have paintings by the wall of the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, which recently had to be painted all over again after it was vandalized.”
The organization looks forward to working with the community in any way possible. Anyone wishing to make donations or get involved in their projects can contact the President, Felix Ayuso at 663-9922 or visit JoSe’s Salon, in front of the SPHS, for more information.
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