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2008-12-01: Mayor Masondo distributes aid to AIDS organisations beneficiaries

JOHANNESBURG'S Executive Mayor, Clr Amos Masondo has given back to the people of Johannesburg by distributing a number of essentials to families across the City. World AIDS Day serves as a continuous reminder to all to redouble efforts to win the battle against HIV and AIDS.

Speaking at the World AIDS Day event at the Protea Glen Hall in Soweto where the City of Johannesburg distributed aid to the beneficiaries of AIDS
organisation, Mayor Masondo said, "Let us together make a difference."

He mentioned that this is the third year of which funds are being distributed. The City established the Mayoral AIDS Fund raised though the annual held Mayoral Golf Day, in which the City mobilises sponsorship, extends invitation to various organisations of civil society and the private sector.

Mayor Masondo stated that this year's Golf Day raised no less than R1, 5 million,   distributing  an  amount  of  R1,  2  million  to  26 different organisations  and  NGOs that are effectively active to creating awareness, education and community work.

All this was achieved by the aid distribution, which included the following:

Washing machines,
Office furniture,
Blankets,
Gas stoves,
Fridges, and
Cutlery.
He also mentioned that among those who will be receiving assistance and support would be the following: Tswaranang Care Centre, Midrand Association HBC, Philani Support Group, Vukuzenzele Home Based Care, Vuselela Ulwazi, Hands  of  Compassion,  Westbury  AIDS  Support Group, Boitshoko Home Based Care,  Ncedisizwe  Multi Purpose, Thandanani Place of Safety, Igugu Lesizwe NPO, Ikusasa Lethu Youth Project, Lufhuno Home Based Care, Caro Beam, Lesedi Youth Project, Bophelo Home Based Care, Gladmag HIV/AIDS Hospice, Uncedo Lwabantu, Banakekeleni Hospice, Dinokaneng, Dudu Zwane Hospice, Zenzele Home Based Care, Sakhisizwe, Thalitha Kumi, True Witness Community Project and Uncedo Lwabantwana.

The Funds that the City has raised are aimed at helping many destitute families across the City of Johannesburg. These funds help to provide essential  nutrition  to  people  in  need  and support to child-headed     and granny-headed households.

Mayor  Masondo also spoke about the two tangible results of the Mayors Golf Day,  which were established in 2006: The Buckets of Love and Care and Jozi Ihlomile Programme.

The Bucket of Love and Care Programme is an initiative where the City fills plastic buckets with non-perishable foods and household items that are later  distributed  to the needy to meet the basic needs of nutrition. With The Jozi Ihlomile Programme, the City co-ordinates the prevention, therapeutic and support projects linked to HIV and AIDS and help with the training of volunteers. This Programme helps to bring about the growth of encouraging volunteers to visit needy people in their environment, provide counseling for people with HIV and AIDS and assistance to home-based care services.

Mayor Masondo extended a hand of care and support to those who are infected and affected with HIV and AIDS. "Let us emerge from here with the key messages of "Respect" and "Protect". Let us encourage the broader Community to go for voluntary counseling and testing. Let us ensure that as many people as possible know their status and conduct themselves in a responsible manner".

Masondo also outlined this month's16 Days of Activism against the abuse of woman  and  children. He said that this is one of those activities that reminds us of the plight of the vulnerable members of our society and seeks to commit all of us not to look away. "The linkage of this challenge to HIV and AIDS is self evident, he said.