AIDS walk in San Pedro a success

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 47            December 6, 2007

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Over 100 people took part in this year’s National AIDS Walk.

Many businesses were awarded Certificates of Recognition for their unwavering support throughout the years. These included Castillo’s Hardware, Holiday Hotel, Coral Cable Vision, Ramon’s, the San Pedro Town Council and Mrs. Mel Spain.

Two posters were unveiled during World AIDS Day.

Over 100 people took part in this year’s AIDS Walk. Held on December 1st, World AIDS Day, the San Pedro AIDS Commission organized a walk through the main streets of San Pedro as well as other planned activities. Starting at 8:00 a.m., the AIDS Walk had the participation of Miss Belize Universe Tanisha Vernon and Miss San Pedro Angela Alamilla who followed behind the San Pedro High School Drum Corps. Many joined in the walk including businesses and organizations such as Castillo’s Hardware, Cal Boyz Parasailing, North Ambergris Caye residents, Councilors, PUP Representative for Belize Rural South Mel Spain and The San Pedro Sun.

    Walking to Boca del Rio and back to the Atlantic Bank parking lot, the walk made special stops where businesses were awarded a certificate of recognition for their continued contribution to the San Pedro AIDS Commission, both financial as well as support, throughout the years. These included Castillo’s Hardware, Holiday Hotel, Coral Cable Vision, Ramon’s, the San Pedro Town Council and Mrs. Mel Spain. Arriving at their final destination, participants were treated to a light breakfast of delicious meat pies and fresh orange juice.

    Throughout the day, music provided by DJ JoVan Ayuso kept the air light while activities continued. Over 50 individuals took the opportunity to get tested on site. Rapid testing was carried out by Nurse Shawmella Kelly and Dr. Otto Rodriguez. While pamphlets, brochures, posters, bumper stickers and information were handed out, other took the opportunity to purchase great food and drinks. Two posters with expressions such as, “HIV/AIDS doesn’t discriminate … why should you?” and HIV/AIDS is a disease that has different faces … many people live with the stigma that is associated with this condition. Don’t discriminate. Live and let live!” were unveiled during the day.

    Felix Ayuso, President of the San Pedro AIDS Commission, commented that it was a very successful day. The Commission would like to thank all those who donated food for the food sale, Victoria House, Councilor Pablo Ico, Alli Morris and the rest of the Peace Corps volunteers, Tropic Air, Caliente everyone who helped with time, money or donations as well as all those who woke up early on a Saturday morning to take part in a great cause.



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