SOME HIV-infected children have demonstrated that they could do a lot to attract benevolent bodies to come to their aid.
Last Friday, these children under the tutelage of renowned painters Glen Turner and Bernice Ahiable-Addo, held a painting expo at the Gipsy Interior in Accra. The ceremony, dubbed “Red Expression-A Painting Expo For Charity” was organized by the Woyome Foundation For Africa (WOFA), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with Africa Life Aid. This was to encourage the kindhearted in society to support these HIV-infected children by purchasing their artifacts.
With this approach, the ceremony attracted quite a number of dignitaries, who graced the occasion.
Paintings on display were indeed touching and had important messages backing them. Some of the children explained their reasons for the paintings, a number of which had attractive drawings of Ghana's flag, fishes, houses with clouds and many other effects that could be found in one's immediate environs.
Speaking at the ceremony, a representative of WOFA said his outfit was established some years ago to help HIV and AIDS victims in Ghana. The programme was particularly to provide medication to affected children, who, according to him, were about 22 to 25 million in Africa at the moment.
“In a bid to get Ghanaians on board, in February which is a month of love, we decided to organize the Red Expression Expo for the children.”
Some individuals who he said were already on board the campaign train to support the children were Black Stars skipper John Mensah and Midfielder Michael Essien. He as well acknowledged one Randa for giving them freely the Gipsy Interior premises for the expo.
Among those who spoke at the function was Pastor Charles Asomaning, Resident Counsellor of WOFA. He appealed to Ghanaians not to discriminate against persons living with AIDS since sometimes that attitude compelled them to even commit suicide.