One of the most active non-profit organizations on the island has got to be the San Pedro AIDS Commission. Since their inception this group has worked tirelessly and effortlessly to raise funds to assist HIV/AIDS patients and most importantly create awareness on HIV/AIDS.
Currently the SP AIDS Commission has embarked in a massive education campaign and is trying to secure sections in all areas of island to pass on positive messages on HIV/AIDS. The AIDS Commission is extremely proud of having recently painted the northern wall of the Caribeña Lagoon side-gas station which now has a mural with a positive message to the community.
“The AIDS Commission would like to sincerely thank Caribeña Enterprises for allowing us to have painted our mural and for donating paint for it as well,” commented Mr. Felix Ayuso, Chairperson of the SP AIDS Commission. “Thank you as well to Mr. Pablo Guerrero for doing a great job in the painting of the mural and for giving us a great discounted rate for his services. Also, anyone wishing to donate us some space on their fence or yard for us to put up educational signs would be greatly appreciated. ”
World AIDS Day Activities
World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 of every year throughout the world. This particular day has been set aside to emphasize awareness about this epidemic that is plaguing the world over. The San Pedro AIDS Commission has several activities planned in commemoration of World AIDS Day 2011 they are as follows:
Thursday, December 1, 2011 –
*Visit to Schools in the morning for educational speeches and awareness on HIV/AIDS.
*Solidarity Walk - SP AIDS Commission is cordially inviting the general public and businesses, along with their staff, to join in the yearly AIDS Solidarity Walk. Business owners are asked if they cannot attend to kindly send a representative to the walk. The group will gather at the Central Park for the march to commence at 5:00 p.m. through the main streets of San Pedro Town.
*1st Ever HIV/AIDS Charity Dinner/Auction – This dinner/auction will take place at Crave Restaurant. There are limited seating for 60 persons and reservations are required (seating time 7:00 p.m. sharp). A three course meal will be served and part of the dinner proceeds will go to the SP AIDS Commission. A silent auction will also take place and there are many attractive prizes including complete packages to the mainland. (Those interested in donating prizes kindly contact Mr. Ayuso at 663-9922.)
Sunday, December 4, 2011 –
*World AIDS Day Fair at Central Park- Free Rapid Testing will be done all day. HIV/AIDS information will be distributed as well as food, dessert and drinks will be on sale. There will be games for kids, DJ music and Live Music entertainment. Get your dollars ready as all beauty queens of San Pedro will be out conducting a dollar drive. A day of fun filled activities, don’t miss out!
Sunday, December 17, 2011 –
*2nd Annual Toy Drive Give-Away – The San Pedro AIDS Commission will once more be spreading the joy of Christmas to those less fortunate of San Pedro. The AIDS Commission is appealing to everyone to drop off a toy (new toys preferred) at the "Toy Drop" which will be located at the office of the San Pedro Town Council. Collection of toys will commence on Monday, November 14, 2011.