Aids centre offers ray of hope

2015-11-10 06:00
Photo: support Paddy Morris, AJ Van der Westhuizen, Celeste Govender, Mark Checkley, Ronnie Rhino and Sindi Rabede from Key Truck Hire in New Germany hand over a cheque for R16 666 to the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust's Lindeni Mbutho, Bekky Stredwick

Photo: support Paddy Morris, AJ Van der Westhuizen, Celeste Govender, Mark Checkley, Ronnie Rhino and Sindi Rabede from Key Truck Hire in New Germany hand over a cheque for R16 666 to the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust's Lindeni Mbutho, Bekky Stredwick

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THE Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) is a multifaceted, holistic HIV/Aids project that exists to provide unconditional love and hope to all impacted by HIV/Aids in a practical, sustainable way.

The organisation was founded in 1990 as a ministry of the Hillcrest Methodist Church in response to the then minister’s conviction that the church needed to respond to the emerging HIV pandemic.

It has developed over the years into a dynamic, independent non-profit organisation and registered Trust with a suite of programmes that respond to the HIV/Aids pandemic from several angles.

Situated in Hillcrest, Hact serves several poverty-torn communities in the Valley of 1000 Hills region - one of the epicentres of the world’s HIV pandemic with estimated HIV-infection rates of up to 40% to 60% of the population in some communities.

Over the years Hact has expanded its projects and programmes always in response to the needs of the communities it serves. Where a need has been witnessed a plan has been put in place to uplift and empower, rather than demoralise. The organisation employs 64 staff members, the majority of whom come from the surrounding communities, and many of whom are infected or affected by HIV/Aids and who have come through its programmes.

Hact’s mission is to serve those impacted by HIV and Aids by providing unconditional love and hope in a practical, sustainable way. Its vision is to be a self-sustaining non-profit organisation that empowers and develops a strong and united team who work together to respond to the HIV/Aids crisis.

Its projects focus on four areas - care, prevention, poverty alleviation and income generation.

Hact is always in need of funds and appeals to the community to assist in any way they can.

To find out more about the centre or how you can support its projects, contact marketing@hillaids.org.za or call 031 765 5866.

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