Celebrate Life - AGM. 04/08
19-20 April 2008
Christian Organisations “Celebrate Life” in a World with HIV
24 April 2004
Randburg: “Celebrate Life” seems to be a strange theme for a weekend focussing on HIV related ministry. CABSA and Fontainebleau Community Church organised this weekend to show, amongst other things, that HIV is not a situation without hope.
CABSA (The Christian AIDS Bureau for Southern Africa) believes that churches and faith communities kan be caring communities, ministering reconciliation and hope to people and communities touched by HIV and AIDS.
The weekend was a network opportunity for Christian service organisations involved in HIV to do exhibitions and presentations of their work. Products made by people affected by the pandemic was sold and there was the opportunity to be tested for HIV. Business and church leaders came together for a breakfast where they had the opportunity to explore the possibilities of partnerships to address the challenges of HIV.
Fontainebleau Community Church’s services on Sunday morning focussed on the role Christians can play in addressing denial at all levels of society. Services were led by the Rev. Father Jape Heath, and Anglican priest and board member of INERELA+ (the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally affected by HIV and AIDS.
The well known actor, Zane Meas (Neville in Sewende Laan) was formally introduced as CABSA patron during the AGM.
Exhibitors and congregation members were very positive about the weekend. Ian Rushton, of Jewels of Hope, said that the event was a growth opportunity for their ministry.
Opportunities such as this is an essential part of the work CABSA does. CABSA also focuses on sensitising faith communities about the virus, mobilising churches through workshops and training of facilitators and ensuring access to reliable information.
Page through the photo album of the event below or watch the video made about CABSA on You Tube