Since 1988, December 1st has been designated as World Aids Day. The day is an opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness, increase education and support those living with HIV. Keiskamma Trust always mark this day in some way, so, on December 1st, almost seventy members of the Art Project at the Trust and members of the Hamburg community gathered in the newly completed Umthombo Art Centre to meet representatives from Mercedes Benz South Africa (MBSA), the main funder of the Art project over the last three years. The SASSA team (South African Social Security Agency) were also present at the event.
Thembeka Sigabi, the Art Project's contact at MBSA in East London, welcomed all the guests and explained that the theme of the event was 'Caring for the Caretakers'. Speeches by social workers and SASSA highlighted the fact that many people present there spend their lives caring for and supporting others, and occasionally, they too need recognition and someone to look out for them.
Eunice Mangwane , Keiskamma Health Councillor, thanked MBSA for their visit, their support and their generosity. The event concluded with the distribution of gift bags, containing useful items such as toiletries and soup, and a little luxury too with the addition of some chocolate!
Keiskamma Trust wish to thank MBSA for venturing down our long and winding gravel road to meet the community here and to commemorate World Aids Day in a spirit of joy, cooperation and kindness.