World Aids day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with the disease, and to commemorate those who have died from Aids-related illnesses.
The three primary schools that got behind the initiative this year all got a chance to take home prizes for their artistic efforts in supporting the cause.
Titikaveka year seven student Azarias Patia took home $100 for his winning poem titled, “What’s like being an HIV-Positive Child?” He says he was inspired to write the poem from a YouTube video he watched about a child suffering from HIV.
Year seven student Kimberly Uini, also from Titikaveka, took home second prize for her poem titled HIV/AIDS or a Good Life?
Both students confidently read their poems aloud for a small crowd gathered outside the market’s stage.
Third place in the poetry competition went to Junior Parima from Apii Rutaki. Year eight Bambridge Valoa of Papaaroa School took home $100 for his winning poster, with year six Apii Rutaki student Jalen Taylor second.
Third place went to year seven student Derrick Benson of Papaaroa School.
The World Aids Day initiative was a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Te Tiare Association, with backing from the Global Fund.