OUT AFRICA MAGAZINE Issue 26 - Page 29

RED RIBBON FOUNDATION a beacon of hope to people living with and affected by HIV/Aids Words: Glenton ‘Liberty’ Matthyse O n 12 December 2015, the Red Ribbon Foundation (RRF) took to Rondebosch Golf Club where it hosted its Second Annual Red Ribbon Ball. Initiated two years ago, the event gives a voice to persons living with and affected by HIV/Aids. It has quickly grown from early and humble beginnings to a major event that attracts support from various South African celebrities. Well known celebrities such as Salome Damon-Johanson, Irma G, Anton Jeftha, Soli Philander and Kim Cloete have enthusiastically dedicated themselves and pledged their support to the cause. Continuing the wonderful work the organisation engages in, another headline event that the RRF has successfully hosted is the Igniting Change Concert. The event presents a night out where people come together to transcend the stigma attached to HIV/Aids and honour the memories of all lives lost in the fight against HIV/Aids. The RRF was founded on three primary pillars. The young and vibrant organisation creates awareness around the stigma surrounding HIV/Aids and the effect it has on persons living with and affected by this chronic condition. It also seeks to educate people through community-based training programmes which it aims to roll out in the Mitchell’s Plain and Scottsville areas this year. Through these initiatives, the RRF calls everyone to action to spread and live the act of love beyond measure, irrespective of a person’s HIV/Aids status. Under the dedicated leadership of Dorian Basson and his incredibly hardworking team, the organisation has already made huge inroads in communities. RRF have raised funds and distributed it to its two main benefactors, Missionary Sisters of Charity (Khayalisha) and Lizo Nobanda Day Care for HIV infected children. If you would like to contribute to the growth of RRF and suppor