Welkom: This morning 04 December 2017 at 07:30 members from all Welkom Cluster stations gathered together to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate people who have died and to also learn about leading a healthy lifestyle.
The Support Head Commander, Colonel Koos van der Merwe welcomed everyone who attended. The event was honoured by the presence of Reverend Chaplain Mashiane Letsheleha from Krooonstad Cluster, who officially opened the event with a scripture reading and prayer.
A peer educator, Mr Johan Chambal mentioned that the purpose of the event is to raise awareness about the disease, to put knowledge into action, and that people should know how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented. Warrant Officer Cethekile Kunene, the Cluster HIV/AIDS Co-ordinator read a motivating and inspiring message about the World Aids day and what it entails.
Warrant Officer Thipe, who is an Ambassador of HIV/AIDS, he further mentioned that people living with HIV/AIDS should be supported and loved, have hope and faith. He led a candle light ceremony, where all members lit candles, and a moment of silence was conducted, to commemorate victims of HIV/AIDS who died.
Four candles were lit and each means Faith, Hope, Love and Christ who is the Light of the world. This emotional moment was done by Peer Educators.
Lieutenant Colonel Pinkie Moeketsi thanked all the attendees and organisers of this event, and further said that people who never dealt with an ordeal where a friend or relative died because of HIV/AIDS, they should count themselves lucky because it is a painful and sad experience.