Collector Shailaja Ramaiyer flags off the rally
It is aimed at infusing confidence among the patients
The objective is to create awareness among people on the spread of HIV and AIDS
VIJAYAWADA: Marking the 25th anniversary of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, women and children in large numbers participated in a candlelight rally in the city on Sunday evening.
Though the event was scheduled to begin at Swaraj Maidan, the venue was changed at the last minute due to the holiday announced to the exhibition on account of fire accident early in the day.
The rally was flagged-off by Krishna district Collector Shailaja Ramaiyer at her camp office.
Holding candles and placards with slogans on HIV and AIDS, hundreds of women and children took out a rally towards the Police Commissionerate. The rally culminated at Doordarshan office.
The candlelight memorial, which began in 1983 in San Francisco, is aimed at infusing confidence among those who suffered a ‘mysterious disease.’
Additional District Medical & Health Officer T.V.S.N. Sastry said the rally had become an annual event in Krishna district too, and its objective is to create awareness among people on the spread of HIV and AIDS. “We’re focussing on giving courage to those who have been affected by the disease. Such rallies will help change the perspective of the society at least to some extent,” he said.
Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna, Chief Medical Officer K. Srikaruna Murthy and others were present.
GUNTUR: Mayor Rayapati Mohan Sai Krishna flagged off a silent candle light rally on Sunday evening to mark the observance of International Candle Light Day.
The day, third Sunday of May, was being observed throughout the world as International Candle Light Day in solemn memory of those HIV affected persons who had died. The theme of this year is ‘Never Forget Never Give Up.’
The Mayor flagged off the rally at the Ambedkar Statue in Lodge Centre.
The rally wound its way through Arudelpet fly over, A.C College before culminating at the Wolf Hall grounds.
The Mayor during his brief speech sought to take the message strongly across the society of the perils of AIDS and urged more intervention from the NGOs to come to the aid of HIV affected persons.
Representatives from several NGOs, SHIP, Happen, Seeds etc took part in the rally. Staff from the Department of Medical and Health and District Leprosy Department too participated.
Similar rallies were taken out at Repalle, Tenali and Mangalagiri.