Celebrating a decade of caring

2018-12-11 06:01
The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust Choir shared their message with their guests through music.

The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust Choir shared their message with their guests through music.

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THE Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (Hact) commemorated the 30th anniversary of Worlds Aids Day as well as the 10th anniversary of their own Respite Unit over the weekend.

The Respite Unit was started in December 1, 2008, with the aim of assisting patients who have been affected by many diseases, which includes Aids, cancer, and tuberculosis.

The Hact Respite Unit is a 24-bed facility offering around-the-clock care to people in advanced stages of Aids and or cancer. Most of their patients are bed-ridden and are suffering from opportunistic infections such as meningitis, TB, and pneumonia.

Hact CEO Candace Davidson said that their Respite Unit ward, which is also known as Othandweni, meaning the “Place of Love”, is where they take care of patients who are terminally ill.

“Today we are honouring those who’ve been affected by these illnesses and have passed on,” she said.

At the event they lit candles in remembrance of those who have been lost.

In conclusion, Davidson said that, as Hact, they pledge to continue to teach people about the illnesses regardless of the colour of their skin, age, and gender.

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