To enhance public’s understanding and promote the message of “Stop AIDS, Prevention of Mother-to-child Transmission”, we successfully held an AIDS Charity Walk on 23 January, 2011 at the Peak. The opening ceremony commenced with a funky dance group from The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Over a hundred participants and visitors joined our meaningful event on a sunny day. Those participants took about an hour and half to complete the charity route from Harlech Road to Lugard Road. The walk demonstrated commitment, love and concern to fight against discrimination towards people living with HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the charity walk, the SAC invited participants to join our fancy mask making competition to convey the message of acceptance of PLWHA and invited them to wear the mask during the charity walk. In general, a mask is normally worn on the face typically for decoration, performance and amusement. By wearing the self- designed mask during the walk, participants could associate the same feeling PLWHA encountered having to hide their true identity for fearing stigmatized. We awarded the three outstanding masks with a special gift for the appreciation. The hidden symbolic message is welcome by all participants.
During the opening ceremony, our officiating guests, sponsors and the winners of the Mask Design Contest knotted a red ribbon on their legs to join the Three-legged game to demonstrate their support and their commitment to walk along the way of fighting against AIDS with the people who living with HIV/AIDS. Also, this game also highlighted the promotion of the importance of AIDS prevention.
Meanwhile, we held several interesting and educational game booths on site to let the public have a better understanding about HIV/AIDS. This attracted parents to come the game booths with their children. All of them enjoyed the game very much and they all received a small gift once answered the AIDS related questions correctly.