Red Cross aims for HIV-free generation

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December 18, 2015
Contributed Students from Friendship Primary School perform a poem at the Jamaica Red Cross Excursion as part of activities by the humanitarian organization to observe World AIDS Day, on December 1, at Mandela Park.
Contributed Red Cross volunteers take a break between the activities to mark World AIDS Day.
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The Jamaica Red Cross (JRC) renewed its pledge that "An HIV-Free generation isn't just a dream" with an excursion in Mandela Park, St Andrew, as part of activities to observe World AIDS Day on Tuesday, December 1.

With a steady stream of participants throughout the day, guest speaker and Country Coordinator for UNAIDS, Catherine Spring, told the gathering that she was pleased with the theme selected by the JRC, as it was an ideal representation of the national programme, and the United Nation's overarching message for tackling the scourge of HIV and AIDS.

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"The theme is an excellent one as it supports the national programme's theme, 'Take care of the complete you. Ask for your HIV test, too!' It also demonstrates the Jamaica Red Cross' commitment to addressing issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, and your efforts at eliminating the disease from your island. It encourages all to keep trying as every effort counts," Spring said.

Among the day's activities was free HIV testing, demonstration on proper condom use by JRC volunteers, condom distribution in association with Facey Commodity Limited, giveaways and the promotion of healthy lifestyles by HerbaLife.

Entertainment was provided by students from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Digicel Rising Stars 2009 finalist, Angele Smith, and students from Friendship Primary School.

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