Oct 29, 2010 News
As part of its continued effort to raise awareness about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Lifeline Counselling – through the annual Phillip Vanderhyden Walk – is poised to reach a wide cross-section of city residents come Sunday. The walk is aimed at increasing awareness about HIV and AIDS and is geared at showing support for persons infected and affected by the disease.
And support has been forthcoming from a number of organisations to aid this venture according to Head of the Guyana Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GBCHA), Ms Tracey Lewis. At a simple ceremony, at GBCHA’s Orange Walk, Bourda, office yesterday, Lewis handed over donations of both cash and kind to Falicia Adams, Executive Director of Lifeline Counselling. The donations came compliments of members of GBCHA, and amounted to a monetary value of almost $400,000. Among the contributors are A. H. and L. Kissoon, the Bank of Nova Scotia, Continental Group of Companies, Demerara Distillers Limited, Edward B. Beharry and Company Limited, the Guyana Revenue Authority, the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company, Kaieteur News, the National Milling Company of Guyana and Cara Lodge.
According to Lewis, GBCHA is proud to have a sustained partnership with the Non-Governmental Organisation and will seek out other opportunities to apply the unique skills and knowledge of the private sector to address HIV and AIDS in the workplace and community.
Continued efforts will also be made to collaborate with Government and other NGOs to build a healthier workforce and stronger Guyana, Lewis added. “The GBCHA takes this opportunity to salute its partner, Lifeline Counselling Services, for the significant support, energy and time this NGO has dedicated to taking action on HIV/AIDS over the past few years.”
In accepting the gesture of gratitude, which is expected to not only support the walkathon on Sunday but also some clients, Adams disclosed that Lifeline Counselling just recently celebrated 14 years of existence.
The Executive Director stated that its mission is to reduce the psychosocial impact of HIV and AIDS on persons living with and affected by the disease through counselling, education, care and support.
The entity has also been raising awareness countrywide and has been diligently fulfilling its mandate through various care and support groups for adults and children alike.
A Voluntary Counselling and Testing service is offered, as is home-based care, according to Adams. Although the NGO’s operation is centred in Georgetown it attracts clients from across the country, Adams noted. The objective of the entity is to improve the mental health of anyone who seeks the services of Lifeline; provide counselling to persons living with or affected by HIV and AIDS and to work towards the national goal of reducing the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections through education outreach.
Lifeline is a volunteer-driven, charitable and community-based, registered non-profit governmental organisation. The entity works in partnership with the National AIDS Programme Secretariat, donor agencies, HIV and AIDS-related and other NGOs and individuals to achieve its vision.
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