Bengaluru: Education and awareness programmes have met with limited success when it comes to HIV/AIDS and the stigma attached to the people affected by it.
But that hasn’t stopped the people who champion the cause from continuing their efforts.
One such movement is the forum Red Ribbon Revolution, which has taken the initiative to remove the stigma through sports.
The Bangalore Schools Sports Foundation on Thursday unveiled the fifth edition of the Red Ribbon Revolution `Champion in Me' sports meet for children and youth living with HIV/AIDS and a 5K awareness run in support for these children on December 1 at Sneha Care Home in Sarjapur.
Speaking at the launch of the twin events, former international athlete and Red ribbon ambassador Reeth Abraham said, “We participate in sport all across the world, but when we are here and do this for the children, it is a wonderful feeling.“
“The day kids affected with HIV compete with the normal kids will be the most wonderful day,“ added Reeth, who now participates in Masters ath letics events in the international arena.
BNS Reddy, Joint commissioner of police, was also very vehement in his opinion against discrimination .
“We should be the flag bearers for them,“ he opined.
People from all walks of life will join hands at the event and those participating include former international athlete Ashwini Nachappa, cricketer Robin Uthappa and actress Teena Ponnappa.