Posted on December 14, 2012
On 1st December 2012, High Street Phoenix & Heroes Project joined hands to celebrate World AIDS Day with a host of activities that seeked to propagate awareness about HIV. The day began with the setting-up of a condom box on the Aastha table, the “Pledge Your Support” machine where people could pledge their support and a doctor’s room for counseling. There was a team from Aastha Parivaar and Heroes Project presented at High Street Phoenix to speak to the visitors.
Around 3 pm in the afternoon, veteran rangoli artist Ramakant Shedge started work on his 6ft X 4 ft live rangoli. Chocolate/book stall was set up and volunteers met people and asked them to take a small quiz. This was followed by 2 dance performances, one by Elizabeth Pereira & her dance troupe & another by kids from Aryan Dance Academy. Subhrima and Padmanav from the hit singing-reality show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” that enthralled the mall-rats with their stellar vocal renditions.
Finally, celebrity Swapnil Joshi read an excerpt from the book “Not Like Most Young Girls”, complied by Aastha Parivaar. He said a few words on the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and its effect on people. Swapnil also gave prizes to the winners of the quiz and felicitated the performers and released 200 red balloons with community members and the dancers as well as the customers.