Red Ribbon surfboard drops into Nowra Administration Building
January 23, 2013
Shoalhaven City Council is currently hosting a specially designed surfboard at the Nowra Administration Building as part of the Red Ribbon Tour, a program designed to raise awareness surrounding the HIV/AIDS virus.
With over 30 million people estimated to have died from AIDS, a further 33 million currently infected and 2.5 million people becoming infected annually, the Red Ribbon Tour is hoping to bring further attention to this global disease.
An initiative of the HIV and Related Programs (HARP) unit of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Health District, the Red Ribbon Tour has seen the specially designed surfboard displayed throughout the South Coast.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash said that community members viewing the exhibition will be given the chance to win the specially designed board by simply texting a competition number found on the board.
“The HIV virus continues to have a devastating effect on communities of people right across the globe,” said Clr Gash.
“There are countries in Africa, including Botswana and Swaziland that are estimated to have over 20 percent of the population infected with the disease.
“One can only imagine the pressure this disease is placing on schooling, productivity, growth and development in these countries not to mention the issues related to detrimental health.”
“The Red Ribbon tour is designed to draw attention to the ongoing battle against AIDS and help further educate the local community as to the reach of this insidious disease.”
The Red Ribbon surfboard will be available for viewing in the Nowra Administration Building Foyer until Friday 1 February.