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Dec 1, 2004

Rotary helps AIDS awareness

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Several organisations that work with people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS are this week receiving assistance from the Rotary Club of Belize to continue their community awareness programmes. One such group is Alliance Against AIDS which was presented with a copy of the movie “Risking It All,” which AAA’s Executive Director Rodel Beltran Perera says will be used in the resource centre. According to Community Service Director for the Belize City Rotary Club Michael Kelly, the donation is part of the organisation’s effort to assist in raising HIV/AIDS awareness.

Michael Kelly Belize City Rotary Club

?Rotary International is committed to AIDS awareness programmes. And part of that started last year in Belize when we made a movie called ?Risking It All? which highlights the dangers of AIDS in the community. This movie was made by Belizeans, written by Belizeans, Belizean actors, etc. and so it shows the Belizean community at large. We?ve also presented audio visual equipment to the AIDS committees of P.G. and Orange Walk, who didn?t have this equipment, with a copy of the movie so that they can show it to various people in their community, take the equipment out to the villages and also show the people in the villages the movie and heighten their awareness of AIDS.?

Rodel Beltran Perera, Executive Director, AAA

?We are going to be able to reach persons that we have not been able to so far in certain interventions. We are doing workshops, we?re doing seminars, and we?re doing publicity. But I think now being equipped with this movie we are going to reach audiences that we have not been able to before and we are very pleased with that.?

Similar presentations will be made to each of the District AIDS committees.

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