DECEMBER 2007 EVENTS
To commemorate International AIDS day on December 1, CSR and Rotary club of Eathamozhy jointly organized 100 KM Motor cycle Rally covering 120 villages on the way. The motor cycle rally covered all villages on the way from Colachel to Kanyakumari, met community people and spread the messages on prevention, control, care and support for the HIV/AIDS affected people. The inaugural function was held at District Collectorate presided by Dr. V. Ralf Selwyn, DD Public Health and the rally was flagged off by District Collector (Development), Mr. Visvanathan; Project Officer,Women Development Corporation, T.S. Ramkumar; Director, CSR facilitated the function. 20 cultural events took place along the way.
CSR organised a public event on slogan writing and signature campaign to stop the spread of HIV/ADIS was Supported by APAC-VHS on 7th December 2007. The event took place in connection with the World AIDS day commemorations 2007 which was held at SLB Higher secondary School ground Nagercoil inaugurated by the District Superintendent of Police Shri. Santhosh Kumar I.P.S; and Deputy Director (Public Health) Dr. Ralf Selwyn, More than 5000 participants, including general public, core group and students participated in the event. The participants during the event penned down their views and signed on the 1 km long cloth. We express our gratitude to Canara Bank, College road, Nagercoil for the support extended.
Supported by APAC-VHS in order to create awareness on HIV/AIDS among the stakeholders involved in tourism industry, an event on tying friendship band and flying kites was conducted in Kanyakumari Township on 15th December in which large number of local public and tourists participated. The programme was inaugurated by A. Vijayakumar, P.A to District Collector by tying Friendship Band to a tourist from Punjab. Dr. Sam-APAC also facilitated the event. The first kite symbolizing the message on HIV/AIDS was flown by district tourism officer Mr. Hari Radhakrishnan. More than 2,500 participants took part in the gathering. 700 target group members also participated in the event.
CRS’s CBCS project based in Marthandam celebrated Christmas and New Year Day with HIV/AIDS affected and infected people and their families on 24th December;2007. The event provided a platform for the HIV infected/affected persons and their families to mingle with the society. More than 200 PLHA and their family members participated in the celebration. Other participants comprised a cross section of the society like traders, teachers, local body members and general.
Sri. A.V. Belarmine, Member of Parliament was the chief guest and presented gifts to PLHA and families. Mr. Josph Yesudiyan Secretary, PWDS, VDA members and others graced the occasion. Rs. 65,000 was mobilised to buy dress materials and sweets for all the beneficiaries.
The New Year celebration supported by Malteser International with the theme “Positive living-Nambikaiyootum 2008” was celebrated on 28.12.2007 and the District Revenue officer Mrs. Jyothi Nirmala was the chief guest. During her address she told that, “when I see so many people under one roof I am also feeling confident to live with hope.” Confidence building messages were given by Parish Priests, Rotarians, District positive network president, Press club Chairman, PA to District Collector, District health department representative and Canara Bank Manager.
In between a dance and musical program was also conducted in which our children also participated. New dresses were mobilised from the community for all the clients and children. The community people graciously donated the dress materials which show the willingness of the community to support and the project keeping its first step towards community ownership. This also added to the joy of our clients which made them to realize not only the team but also the community is there with them.