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Nothing is as amazing as seeing children coming together for a good cause. This was the case at the weekend as scores of children descended on the Harare Town House for the international aids candlelight memorial ceremony for 2014.

The day was running under the theme “children first getting to zero aids related deaths ,zero new infections and zero stigma and discrimination among children “.

The candlelight memorial is a symbolic ceremony meant to encourage people to work together in the eradication of HIV and Aids .

The day kicked off with several children who were in attendance lighting their candles symbolising lighting away the effects of HIV and Aids.

Some of the children present said they felt greatly humbled and honoured to be part of a generation that was aocating for change .

“I personally feel so humbled to be part of such a milestone ceremony, it shows that we as young people care said Rutendo Zindi (16) a Lower Six student at St John’s Emerald Hill.

Tamuka Mukokwayarira (17) echored the same sentiments saying the issue of HIV and Aids needed all the hands possible and it was their duty as children to take part.

“HIV and Aids is one of the most pressing issues in the world at the moment and it is our duty as children to make an impact ,”she said.

Several dance crews also took to the stage in show of both solidarity in fighting HIV and Aids and their magnificent moves

The Incredible Crew wowed the crowd with their incredible moves and showed versatility dancing to a wide genre of music from hip hop, gospel ,rhumba to kwaito .

The group said dancing for such a good cause was the best thing they have ever done so far in their three years as a dance crew.

“We feel so great to be one of the few groups to be performing at such a noble event said the group leader only identified as Courage .

Then there was the group Psychotic, they sure were a psychological case as they went crazy on the dance floor.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilisation campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of 1 200 community organisations in 115 countries.

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilisation campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS.

With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.

Source : The Herald

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