World Aids Day (1 December) was very busy this year as we were involved with 3 different activities – in the morning, there was HIV testing at our centre, which was organized by the Westlake Development Foundation and TB/HIV Care. Our fieldworkers assisted with this event. In the afternoon, our ovc’s did a fashion show at a special tea for the women of Westlake. (Click here for more).
We also attended the MSAT South event at CAFDA in Retreat. Living Hope did HIV testing and the crowd was entertained by a band, dancing and singing organized by the various NPO’s who took part.
MSAT is a Multi Sectoral Action Team – a City of Cape Town (Health Directorate) initiative to get all the NPO’s doing HIV/Aids work in our area (Southern sub-district) to network on a regular basis, so as to avoid duplication taking place. Through our MSAT we can access the Global Aids funding for our skills development and job creation projects. There are other MSAT’s all over the City – Western, Eastern, Northern, Central, etc.
MSAT South has a membership of about 12 NPO’s, including CAFDA, OASIS (youth work), Think Twice (involved in training leaders to do peer education), OIL (peer education in the schools), Living Hope (home based care, HIV testing, support groups), Compassion in Action (home based care), CCFRD (HIV education to refugees), CBS (Christian Benevolent Society – HIV prevention activities in the Steenberg area), SA Homeless Street Soccer (HIV prevention activities through soccer), Lighthouse (HIV education in the Grassy Park area) and Westlake United Church Trust.
There was a long queue of people waiting to get tested, thanks to the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille’s exciting new campaign. They recently announced that anyone who gets tested can enter a competition and win one of 5 R10 000 prizes, and the top prize of R50 000! Needless to say, everyone was very eager to get tested!!
We were very proud of our new banner which stood at our table displaying our products. We handed out Joyce Meyer booklets to everyone and the crowd was delighted to receive them. We also handed out Edward the Elephant books about HIV/Aids to the children.