World AIDS Day, observed on December 1 every year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of the HIV infection as well as to commemorate people who have passed on as a result of the disease.
This year, each of the PG Bison Wellness Teams embraced World AIDS Day in their own way. Central themes included education on awareness and control; nutrition and responsibilty.
Motivational speakers, including staff members living with HIV, addressed the staff. They encouraged the staff to rethink outdated stereotypes, challenge myths and change their mindset around AIDS and HIV.
To support this ongoing initiative, hand-outs were given to the staff. These included back-packs, government issued condoms, vitamins, brochures on living a healthy lifestyle as well as refreshments. On site, in the Southern Cape Region, a mobile testing station was made available for the staff to be tested with counselling services on hand.
A further initiative included collecting for a community project called “Your Child is My Child.” Supported by the PG Bison Boksburg staff, the initiative helps create awareness for the deserving Rainbow Cottage. The Rainbow Cottage is based at the St Francis Care Centre, caring for approximately 30 neglected, abandoned or orphaned HIV positive babies and children ranging in age from 0 to 7 years. The PG Bison staff responded positively to this initiative and PG Bison was able to hand over a generous offering to the charity.
We look forward to supporting the 29th year of World AIDS Day in 2016!
PG Bison receive the following thank you letter from ST Francis Care Centre
Dear Mrs Romona
On behalf of the Board, staff and patients of St Francis Care Centre I thank you most sincerely for the wonderful donation of clothes, toys, and food that was donated on 1st December 2015.
Your support is highly appreciated and will assist us greatly in caring for those who are in need at our Centre. Our services are focused on providing quality palliative care to adults suffering from life threatening illnesses as well as on children aged 0-7 years all of whom have been infected with or affected by HIV.
We rely heavily on donors, such as your good selves, in order to render our services. Without our donors we would fail dismally in our responsibility towards the children in our rainbow cottage and our patients in the adult section – many of whom see us as their only hope for a brighter future.
I hereby confirm that the ST Francis Care Centre focuses its services on the poorest of the poor members of the community. 98% of our adult beneficiaries belong to the Black population group. Furthermore 1% of our beneficiaries belong to the white population group and 1% belongs to the Coloured population group. We very rarely admit adult from the Indian population group. Furthermore 100% of our child beneficiaries belong to the black population group.
Once again, thank you for being our silent partner.
TILLY BROUWER CENTRE MANAGER