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Lead SA Calls For Support To Create Record Breaking Aids Awareness Ribbon

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On the 1st of December - World Aids Day LEAD SA, Afrika Tikkun and Constitution Hill will be attempting to create an HIV/Aids Awareness ribbon that is long enough to break the Guinness World Record.

Schools, businesses and individuals are encouraged to collect and donate red t-shirts, which will be tied together on 1st December to create a ribbon over 1,5 kilometres long.

T-shirts can be dropped off at The Star offices in Johannesburg, the Pretoria News offices in Tshwane and at Primedia Broadcasting’s building in Sandton.

“There is still too much stigma around HIV/Aids and we need to keep the issue front of mind to ensure the fight against this pandemic is won.

“The record breaking ribbon will be a visual symbol of the country’s commitment to eradicating HIV/Aids,” said LEAD SA.

The awareness ribbon will start at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein and wind through the streets in a 1.5km route. The ribbon will not only have an impact on those who encounter it on the street but will also be photographed from the air to get a sense of the scope of the campaign.

Once the Guinness World Record had been verified, the t-shirts will be distributed to individuals that need clothing via Afrika Tikkun’s centres across Gauteng and Cape Town.

Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organisation that works to develop communities around South Africa, especially those affected by HIV and Aids.

The Afrika Tikkun Red AIDS  Ribbon project was launched on 27 July 2012 at Crawford College in Sandton, where 600 learners and 20 children from the Afrika Tikkun Phutaditjaba Centre in Alexandra tied more than 800 red T-shirts together in an effort to create the world’s largest HIV/Aids Awareness ribbon.

“We now call on the community to band together and help us create a ribbon that is more than 1.5 kilometres long so that we can break the Guinness World Record,” says Afrika Tikkun’s CEO Marc Lubner.

Constitution Hill is a beacon  for constitutionalism, human rights and democracy, which is why this partnership with Afrika Tikkun is a perfect match,” said Constitution Hill CEO Petal Thring.

Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court has come on board to give the key note address on issues of 16 Days of Activism, HIV/Aids and human rights. These are issues he strongly believes in and he has written extensively on these topics.

Stay tuned to 94.7 Highveld Stereo and Talk Radio 702 for updates or read about it in The Star and Pretoria News.




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