Panaji, December 02, 21 :: Governor of Goa Shri. P. S. Shreedharan Pillai on the occasion of the world AIDS Day hosted a group of children and adolescents living with the virus, along with the team from the Human Touch Foundation at Raj Bhavan yesterday.
Governor Shri. Pillai speaking on the occasion assured to extend support towards betterment of HIV affected people and fight against HIV AIDS. He expressed satisfaction as children with HIV visited Raj Bhavan and gave patient ear to presentations made by the children.
Founder of Human Touch Foundation Shri. Peter F. Borges spoke on the occasion. A musical act on HIV related stigma and discrimination, raising issues and concerns about living with HIV was presented. This was followed by a brave young person sharing an eye opening and heartfelt testimony about the trials of living and aging with HIV. Human Touch Foundation also submitted a memorandum to the governor seeking support in the fight against HIV AIDS, stating that more policies and programmes need to be initiated if Goa must achieve the UN target to end AIDS.
The event was concluded with the cutting of a red ribbon shaped cake which symbolized celebration of resilience of those living with HIV and pinning of the symbolic red ribbon.