2016 World AIDS Day
In honor of World AIDS day, (a day in which people worldwide can unite to fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died- Wikipedia). We had the privilege of hosting an educational yet fun event to support the cause.
Special Olympics believes in educating the people we care about, and because of our commitment to this education, we host an event every year for World AIDS day. This year, the event was held on the 10th of December 2016.
The athletes, their partners, and families arrived early to begin a day of fun filled educational activities. There was also a chance for everyone to get tested for both HIV and Malaria. Malaria test was made compulsory for every athlete and partner because the disease is so prevalent in this area of the world, while the test for HIV was simply encouraged.
Sessions were held, were the attendees were educated on HIV, AIDS, the causes, and preventive measures. Questions such as “is it possible to live a healthy life if you have AIDS?” were answered.
A Friendly competition in soccer between the hospital team and the doctors was also on the itinerary (because who doesn’t love soccer!). the hospital team won with a penalty shootout at the end of the game (4-3).
It was delightful to see the faces of people laughing, smiling, and even sweating as they played soccer, and were excited about the opportunity to be educated, and tested.
Special Olympics Nigeria was honored to have had the opportunity to host this event that undoubtedly changed the lives of many people.
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