This morning, (Friday, 1st December 2017) HACT staff, volunteers, patients, donors and partners gathered at our Centre’s Respite Unit for a Candle-lighting ceremony to commemorate World AIDS Day and remember all those who have lost their lives as a result of AIDS-related illnesses over the past year. 75 candles were lit - one candle for each of the 75 patients that have passed away in our facility over the past 12 months. Speaking at the ceremony, HACT Nurse, Sally De Villiers spoke movingly about what an honour and a privilege it was to care for those who are at the end of their life and how grateful the HACT team is to everyone who lends their love, skills and support to helping HACT caring for those in need.
Following the ceremony, HACT’s staff, volunteers and patients were treated to tea and cake kindly sponsored by Compass Medical Waste Services while staff from Key Trucks, New Germany blessed our patients with goodie bags filled with toiletries, treats and other essential items.
As the only facility of its kind in the region, HACT’s Respite Unit continues to be a beacon of hope to those living with HIV and who are battling AIDS-related illnesses. The 24-bed facility offers free care and treatment to over 240 adults and children every year that are suffering from end stage AIDS and or cancer.
If you would like to make a donation towards HACT’s Respite Unit, please click here. HACT is also appealing to companies, churches and special interest groups to show their support by adopting a bed in the Unit in 2018. For more info on HACT’s Adopt-a-Bed programme, please click here.