Caltex supports HIV/AIDs infected and families
Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, manufacturer and marketer of Caltex
branded Lubricants in Sri Lanka, recently joined hands with The
Salvation Army for the annual HIV and AIDS families’ get-together. Over
400 families from this community participated. Caltex has worked
previously on several HIV/AIDs prevention programs.
The event was designed to provide the opportunity for the HIV/AIDS
infected community to reach out to one another. Infected families from
AIDs organisations - Lanka Pulse, Positive Women Network, Positive Hope
Allianz and children below the age of 10 were amongst those who
Held at the Salvation Army Sri Lanka headquarters in Colombo the
day’s agenda comprised of several team-building and confidence boosting
activities. Songs, games, drama, mimes, and a family gift-giveaway
segment were also organised.
“Though the rate of prevalence is low in our country today, it’s
spreading faster than ever before with the country recording close to
300 patients a year.
The sustainability we speak of will not be a reality unless we
protect one another. All Sri Lankans need to join hands to fight against
It is important for each one of us to advocate a change through
awareness, whilst managing the social stigma factor in a sensible
Due to the issue of social stigma, proper preventative and curative
treatment is avoided by most individuals”, said Managing Director/CEO of
Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC Kishu Gomes.
“Communities respond in fear and are ignorant to issues related to
HIV and AIDS. Integrating this community, and giving them hope and
confidence will help them to interact in society and contribute
meaningfully again”, said Coordinator HIV and AIDS of the Salvation Army
Ms. Swarna de Silva.
Chevron recently stepped forward to help eradicate the spread of AIDS
through a major awareness campaign for over 1000 private sector
A series of awareness building seminars were conducted together with
the Lanka Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS, with the specific aim of
building AIDS ambassadors on ‘Safety, Protection and Awareness’.