SA celebs sign up with HIV awareness campaign

2010-09-14 00:00

SOME of South Africa’s best-known faces are joining forces with overseas musicians, actors and models to use social networking site Facebook to raise awareness about HIV and Aids.

Durban singers Jae and Verd have added their support to the international dance4life Beat HIV campaign, as have dance4life ambassadors actress Terry Pheto and the group Jenerik Soulz (Neo de Jenero, Dionne Song and TBeatz), CrazE presenter Lee-Roy Wright and celebrity make-up artist Nthato Mashishi.

Other well-known faces who have joined the campaign include Khabonina Qubeka (star of SABC2’s The Mating Game), house musicians Sai and Ribatone, Cape Town DJ Dean Fuel, model and youth ambassador Raelene Rorke, DJ Royal K — one of SA’s top commercial and house DJs — Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes, British record producer and trance DJ Paul Oakenfold, and Dutch DJ Chuckie.

dance4life said they started the Beat HIV campaign because they want more people to be infected with the positive dance4life virus than with HIV between September 13 and World Aids Day on December 1.

Some 7 400 people are infected with HIV every day, which means that between now and World Aids Day around 592 000 people be infected.

Pheto, best known for her role as Miriam in the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi, told The Witness: “We are very proud to be part of this social media awareness-raising campaign.

“When enough information is out there, when the positive dance4life virus is spread widely enough and when everyone joins in, we can beat HIV. We hope everybody will join us in our fight against HIV and Aids at facebook.dance4life.com.”

• If you would like to spread the positive dance4life virus log on to www.facebook.dance4life.com.

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