Lifeline celebrates 6th anniversary

Stabroek News
October 26, 2002

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Lifeline Counselling Services on Tuesday celebrated its 6th anniversary. This non-governmental organisation has as its mission the reduction of the psychosocial impact of HIV and AIDS on persons living with or affected by the disease through counseling and education.

According to a release from the organisation, while it was originally established to provide counselling for persons affected by HIV and AIDS, over the past six years it has expanded its reach. Lifeline is now battling the epidemic with a variety of social services including general, free and confidential counselling, education outreach, training, care and support, telephone counselling, condom distribution, information and research materials, and STIs/HIV/AIDS educational tapes for purchase or rental.

An "Open Day" at its centre at 354 Cummings St, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown marked the anniversary. The anniversary also marked the launching of the organisation's website and the official launching of the Philip Vanderhyden Walkathon. The Walkathon celebrates the life of Philip Vanderhyden, a founding member of Lifeline who is often referred to as the first face for HIV and AIDS in Guyana because of his courage to work towards restoring dignity to persons living with the disease. The Walkathon will take place on Sunday 27th October 2002, starting at 0600 hrs. The Walkathon also functions as a fundraiser for Lifeline's Care and Support Programme, which aids those living with, or who are affected by HIV.