The Salvation Army Mumbai observes World AIDS day

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The Salvation Army organised events for the youth to get them involved in the cause of HIV/AIDS. Several events were organnised to raise awareness and sensitise the youth from the general public. They were encouraged by awarding prizes which increased the involvement and the spirit


City Mumbai, State Maharashtra, India., December 3, 2013 - (PressReleasePoint) -
The Salvation Army CARE Programme organised events on December 1, 2013 to commemorate World AIDS Day and to highlight the theme of ‘Getting to Zero Level HIV’. Since 1989, the Salvation Army works in the city of Mumbai for HIV prevention and care. Presently, twelve communities are responding to the issue of HIV by caring for people living with HIV and addressing issues of concern. 350 people from all over Mumbai including community volunteers, the Salvation Army Church leaders, People living with HIV, women in Prostitution and their children participated in this event.
This event was inaugurated by the Territorial Commander Colonel T. Vijayakumar in the presence of Chief Secretary Lt. Col. K. C. David and all the cabinet officials. A Songster competition was done with theme of ‘Compassion’ and Eleven youth groups participated from different communities where they got an opportunity to showcase their talent as well as involve for the cause of HIV.  The songster competition was judged by two renowned people from the gospel music fraternity Pastor Anthony Raj and Mr. Anil Aquilla. In the category of Performing Arts three groups participated and performed drama acts which were judged by Mr. Prashant Padale who is a well known theatre personality. Along with this, school children from 8 – 10th standard participated in Drawing and Essay writing competitions on the theme of Zero level HIV. Participants from any age group had the opportunity to write slogans related to the theme. All the competitions were judged and best ones were given prizes.
This was followed by a Candlelight March which was organised in solidarity to People living with HIV and those who have lost their lives fighting with HIV. This March was flagged off by Territorial Commander Colonel T. Vijayakumar in the presence of local Municipal Councilor Faiyaz Ahmed. The Candlelight march moved ahead up to the Jeevan Asha Drop in centre in Kamathipura where the Red Ribbon logo along with Doves, was released into the air. A prayer was done for people living with HIV and in memory of those lost their lives.  



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