At least 15 volunteers of the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) on Monday embarked on bicycle ride in partnership with the National Aids Secretariat, on the theme, 'Riding Against Stigma and Discrimination'.
The day-long exercise commenced from Pirang to the Governor's Office in Brikama, West Coast Region.
The GRCS is a sub recipient to the Global Fund HIV/AIDS round 8 through Action Aid International The Gambia. Part of its mandate is to reduce stigma and discrimination on the HIV/AIDS.
Speaking at the occasion, Bai Cham, the secretary general of the GRCS expressed delight over the turn out, noting that they need to be sensitised on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. He affirmed that the GRCS would partner with NAS to eliminate the virus in The Gambia.
The deputy governor of WCR, Fatoumata Sanyang, said that the government of The Gambia under the leadership of President Jammeh is doing every thing possible to combat HIV/AIDS. She urged the gathering to utilise the knowledge gained from the occasion.
For his part, Lamin Camara, the GRCS chairperson of West Coast Region, said the occasion was meant to sensitise and remind the general public about their role in giving hope to those living with HIV/AIDS. He said the society still needs to be taught on how HIV/AIDS can be transmitted from person to person.
Alpha Khan, the deputy director of National Aid Secretariat (NAS) spoke at length in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to him, HIV/AIDS is a major development issue since the pandemic began, which has killed millions of people, separated families, destroyed and improvised communities.
He said that the Gambia Red Cross Society as a sub recipient of the HIV grant under Action Aid International The Gambia has a very critical role to play in the global fight against this disease. The partnership, he said, is a framework that is very significant, as it is aligned to humanitarian mandate of alleviating the suffering of the people.