Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Candlelight Vigil for AIDS Awareness

It might not be a topic that is most talked about on the island and many people might not know somebody infected with the disease or who has died from it, but HIV/AIDS is definitely a part of our society. With Belize’s increasing status if HIV/AIDS infection per capita in the region, we must all take heed into becoming more educated about the social issues and implications of this deadly disease.

With this in mind, Lighthouse Christian Radio 101.3FM and various churches in San Pedro organized an HIV/AIDS International Candlelight Vigil that was observed on Monday, May 19. Members of the San Pedro AIDS Commission and interested parties joined Lighthouse Christian Radio in a silent walk through the streets of town for a time to remember those who died from AIDS.

With candles and posters in hand, participants of the silent walk made it to Central Park where guests Pastor Ron Magno and Daniel Davis gave testimony of how being HIV positive has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones. Pastor Ron is from the Assembly of God in San Diego, California and Mr. Davis is a Director of Ministry in Phoenix, Arizona.
Also present and addressing those present was Mr. Bruce A. Sonnenberg, Executive Director and Founder of He Intends Victory (HIV) who told Ambergris Today that he was very excited to bring the candlelight vigil to San Pedro, as the rest of the world observed the same vigil a day before on Sunday, May 18.

Clive Welsh, director of Lighthouse Christian Radio, gave some insight on ministries on the island that are opening their doors to those facing HIV/AIDS and commented that he is working in organizing a support group for those affected with the disease. For more information you can call 226-4673.

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