HIV and AIDS is the most devastating health crisis of our time. Representing GBPA Executives, GBPA’s Director of Community Relations, Geneva Rutherford, expressed her thoughts on the issue, “Ignorance and illiteracy are major contributing factors to the spread of the disease. By increasing awareness and broadening educational avenues, time will soon reveal that we can win the war against HIV and AIDS.”
This year’s annual cocktail reception, “A Black & White Affair in Paradise” will be held in the Arcade at the International Bazaar on Saturday, 15th May. Red Rose Ball committee chair member Minerva Kemp accepted the cheque on behalf of the committee and shared these words about the event, “We are excited that this year’s annual cocktail reception will be held in the Arcade of the Bazaar. This will help in its revitalization. We encourage the community to take a stand in helping us in the fight against HIV/AIDS on Grand Bahama Island and thank The Grand Bahama Port Authority for joining our executive partners in support of this cause. This much needed cheque will be used to fuel the existing educational programmes which raise awareness and improve the knowledge and understanding of the virus.
According to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research an international non-profit organization founded in 1985 and dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research, has estimated that half of all the people in the world with HIV have not been tested and do not know they are carrying the virus. amfAR confirms that, “since the beginning of the epidemic, AIDS has replaced malaria and tuberculosis as the world’s deadliest infectious disease among adults and as a consequence many children have been orphaned by the epidemic.” The Grand Bahama Port Authority would like to encourage all corporate citizens, to join them and their support of raising awareness of HIV/AIDS on Grand Bahama Island. GBPA encourages the community to please call a member of the Red Rose Ball Committee to make your pledge of support as we join forces to combat this epidemic.