Sunday, 10 June 2012

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: Chantal Zaky joins forces with the Jamaica AIDS Support

POSITION OF INFLUENCE: Zaky is lending her star power to charity.

Reigning Miss Jamaica Universe, Chantal Zaky, has officially endorsed Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) as one of her charities of choice during her reign. Among the initiatives she will support are two income-generating projects to benefit persons living with or affected by HIV. These projects include “Friday Fest,” a fundraising event set for June 29, and the “Life’s Work” programme.

According to a news release, JASL is dedicated to preserving the dignity and rights of persons living with HIV and to strengthen the response to HIV/AIDS. And in recognition of Regional HIV Testing Day, the agency is hosting the “Friday Fest” (at 12 noon at 4 Upper Musgrave Avenue), where free counselling and HIV testing will be offered.

“Life’s Work,” on the other hand, is a therapeutic programme designed to meet the needs of persons living with HIV, who often find themselves lacking necessary funds to meet their basic daily expenses. Through the programme, JASL provides them with employment, as well as assistance and nutrition, which is essential to adherence to anti-retroviral medication.

In the meantime, Zaky will, in August, collaborate with the organization on a back-to-school drive for orphans and vulnerable children in partnership with her own foundation, Sunshine Youth, whose mandate is to increase literacy and provide well-needed school supplies.

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