BGIS Marketing Officer, Ronny Yearwood and Acting Chief Information Officer, Sharon Lynch, accept a cheque for the Love Poetry and Song food drive for the HIV Food Bank from Deloitte Partner, Betty Brathwaite, and Senior Marketing & Business Development Manager, Renatta Mohammed. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

The Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) has been praised for its creative approach to educating the public about HIV and AIDS.

Senior Marketing & Business Development Manager of Deloitte, Renatta Mohammed, made this assertion yesterday when Deloitte gave a monetary donation to the HIV Food Bank under the BGIS Love Poetry and Song food drive.

Ms. Mohammed lauded the upcoming Love Poetry and Song fundraising concert, scheduled for Saturday, February 16, at Ilaro Court- an initiative organised by the HIV Internal Committee of BGIS, as a move in the right direction.??

"Kudos to BGIS for thinking out of the box; you are not only meeting the needs of the community, but you are also embracing art and culture and creating awareness at the same time," she contended.

Disclosing that her company would be Adopting-a-shelf at the HIV Food Bank, the Deloitte representative challenged other businesses and individuals to follow suit.

"No contribution is too big or small.?? Anyone can make a donation, it should not only be done at a corporate level, but individuals or families can also give as well.?? I would like to publicly challenge other businesses and citizens to do the same and adopt a shelf at the HIV Food Bank," Ms. Mohammed said.

Acting Chief Information Officer of the BGIS, Sharon Lynch, thanked Deloitte for its contribution.??

"The HIV Food Bank supports a number of persons who are affected by HIV and AIDS, but it not only assists those persons, it also supports their families.?? That is one of the reasons why we are having Love Poetry and Song, to raise funds and food items for the Food Bank," Ms. Lynch said, adding that the concert was designed to sensitise persons about HIV and AIDS, safe sex, stigma and discrimination.

Patrons attending the Love Poetry and Song concert at Ilaro Court are encouraged to bring a donation of $10 or more and two non-perishable food or personal care items for the HIV Food Bank.


Author: Shamko?? Pile

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