Good afternoon everybody, I am very happy to see all of you here and am delighted to share this day with you. My name is Andrew, and I am currently staying down in the Respite Unit here at Hillcrest AIDS Centre. I don’t want to speak for too long, because I know there are many other people who also have important message regarding today, but I’d like to just quickly share with you a little bit of what life in the Respite Unit is like. Though I am the one standing up here, I am not speaking only for myself, but also for all of the other patients in the ward right now, as well as those who came before us, and those who will come after us.

People come to the Respite unit with many different problems, and from many different places, but every single one of us has received the same care, compassion, and love. I have seen first-hand bot for myself, and with other patients, the progress we have made as a result of this care. From the manager to the supervisors, caretakers to volunteers, you really get the sense that everyone who works in the unit truly cares and really wants each patient to recover and reclaim their life. Between the beach trips to cure our ‘cabin fever,’ and the impeccable medical care, their compassion shines through each day, and we are so grateful for the work they do. My life, as well as countless others, has been forever altered by the Respite Unit, and I thank God for blessing this beautiful place, as it really is Othandweni- a place of love. Thank you all so much, God bless, and merry Christmas.

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