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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa - The annual World AIDS Day has become somewhat of an institution at the Struandale Engine Plant, with a fun-filled programme that gets the awareness and education message across in an entertaining and engaging manner.
The 2013 event, held on 27 November, was no different and the Wellness Team put on a great show for the employees.
With this year’s theme focusing on “Kindness Matters, Stand By Me”, the programme included an impressive performance by the SEP Choir which belted out rousing renditions of several great hits – aptly including Ben E King’s famous song “Stand by Me”.
This was followed by an amusing yet informative series of skits performed by a Port Elizabeth-based group of actors called Creative Noise. They focused on the important aspects of HIV and AIDS awareness, condom use, voluntary counselling and testing, alcohol and drug abuse, as well as respect.
“Ford is committed to the cause, and our vision is to have zero new HIV/AIDS infections,” said Satya Banda, Plant Manager. “We also need to eliminate stigma and discrimination.”
According to the statistics, South Africa has around 6-million people infected with HIV/AIDS, and Banda reinforced the message that everyone has a responsibility to play a part in addressing this pandemic.
“The way forward for the Struandale Engine Plant is to improve the dissemination of relevant information, allay fears of rejection and discrimination, give people compassion and promote a healthy way of life.”