Hact receives prestigious award

2015-06-16 06:00
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With the Dira Sengwe Leadership in Aids Award certificate (from left) Hact’s Sister Queen Zulu, Cwengi Myeni, Linda Chule, Sbu Mthethwa, Phindile Mashiloane, Jess Southey and Laurel Oettle.

Photo: supplied With the Dira Sengwe Leadership in Aids Award certificate (from left) Hact’s Sister Queen Zulu, Cwengi Myeni, Linda Chule, Sbu Mthethwa, Phindile Mashiloane, Jess Southey and Laurel Oettle.

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THE Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) was honoured with the prestigious national HIV/Aids award in recognition of the outstanding work it does in the fight against HIV/Aids.

The centre was awarded a Dira Sengwe Leadership in Aids award certificate at the seventh SA Aids Conference on Tuesday, 9 June, taking second place. The conference, which is held every two years, took place at the Durban ICC. More than 4 000 people from multiple disciplines and groups participated in the event and more than 200 leaders and researchers in the HIV/Aids field spoke during the three day conference. Hact CEO, Olivia Myeza said: and#034;What an honour it was to collect this award on behalf of the 116 Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust team members and our many committed volunteers. The award re-cognises Hactand#039;s extraordinary contribution to HIV/Aids and is an award for the bravery and courage of an organisation in the fight against HIV.and#034; Hact was also invited to present at one of the conference sessions about the work done by the organisation. Themed “A holistic approach to the HIV/Aids pandemic in The Valley of 1000 Hills”, Hact’s presentation outlined the achievements made through its various programmes over the past 25 years, including community outreach, care, prevention and income generation. and#034;This award is for all the staff, volunteers and board members who have worked tirelessly alongside Hact over the past 25 years of our organisationand#039;s history, providing unconditional love and hope to all those impacted by HIV/Aids. “Our mission is to continue in the fight against the Aids pandemic until we see HIV eradicated,” said Myeza. - Supplied

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