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Alie Eleveld skydives over Diani beach to raise awareness and funds for the world AIDS marathon in Kisumu. Watch her epic jump then dig deep to support such a worthy cause..
Safe Water and AIDS Project has for the sixth year been involved in the World AIDS Marathon organization. Harber Charitable Foundation has been a loyal donor financially supporting the World AIDS Marathon. The year 2011 marks the sixth year of the World AIDS Marathon in Kisumu, Kenya. By now local residents and businesses in Kisumu know us well. Particularly in the early morning hours of 1st December, World AIDS Day, when all the runners wearing our signature yellow T-shirts gather in Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds.
Each years’ event
results in an increase in registered runners and walkers who literally travel
from all over the world (U.S., U.K, the Netherlands and others) and from all
walks of life (pro runners, scientists, people living with HIV,
young and old, commercial sex workers, gay community, disabled, Kenyan and
Ugandan Athletes) to be part of the day. With this growth there is also
expanded HIV awareness within the local community and media.
The activities during World AIDS Marathon 2011
This year the National World AIDS Day celebrations were taken to Kisumu coordinated by the National AIDS Control Council which brought a big crowd to the Jomo Kenyatta Sportsground and a number of dignitaries among them Ministers and diplomats. Mama Sarah Obama came just as the previous years to grace the occasion.
The following activities took place:
· Full Marathon – 42 kilometers (over 100 runners)
· Half Marathon – 21 kilometers (over 500 runners)
· 5 kilometer walk for HIV positive children and other vulnerable children (240 children)
· Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services – Over 100 people tested for HIV
· Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections
· Male Circumcisions – 46 men circumcised at the Sports ground and many others referred
· Condom Demonstrations and free distributions
· Two Orphan Dinners and medical treatment of 56 orphans
· First AID coordinated by Kenyan Red Cross
The full and half marathon was flagged off at 7.00 am. Along the route every kilometer a water station where runners were served with safe drinking water by volunteers drawn from community self-help groups. They were community self-help groups trained on safe water systems promoting safe water to the public as well. Various organizations and partners supported with first aid, vehicles, food and snacks for the children, banners, t-shirts and registration of the runners. Along the route traffic police helped control the traffic. The children’s walk started from Kondele Sports ground escorted by the prison band ended at the sports ground. One of the HIV support groups provided catered for the children after the walk. Parents, teachers and staff from various organizations walked along to support the children. Over 240 children walked this year. SWAP engaged around 500 volunteers helping with first aid, traffic control, water stations, ushers, registration, time keeping and other activities.
Promotional efforts for the marathon were helped using a website provided free by Google: http://sites.google.com/site/worldaidsmarathonkisumu/, a twitter feed: https://twitter.com/#!/WAMkisumu, and a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kisumu-World-AIDS-Marathon/167968474211.
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This year the national observance of World AIDS Day will be held in Kisumu along side the marathon and it's activities. This news will make this the biggest WAM event ever. We will post news about what this means as we get new information.
People are really comming together this year to support WAM. Here is only a partial list of donors. Thank you all!
Harber Charitable Foundation - Private Foundation from the Netherlands - Have sponsored marathon since 2006
PSI - Population Services International - International NGO Partnering with SWAP
Wygocraphics Kisumu - Doing printing services and some stationary for SWAP
NACC - National AIDS Control Council - National body alongside NASCOP
Miss Dala Fest - event organizers
NRHS - Nyanza Reproductive Health Society - Male Circumcision interventions and research
Tuungane - Tuungane Project is USAID funded and is offering youth friendly services STI clinics, VCT and youth friendly activities
SMART Ladies - A Community based organization with many women who have volunteered to take a number of water stations.