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Auxillia Chimusoro Awards 2005
December 02, 2005
Wednesday 30 November 2005, The Futures Group through its Zimbabwe
AIDS Policy and Advocacy (ZAPA) project and USAID, honoured individuals
and organisations that work for people infected and affected by
HIV and AIDS. The awards ceremony, which is nationally recognized
as the Auxillia Chimusoro Awards was established in 2000 by USAID.
Awards are a series of awards that are in honour of a woman who
was the first Zimbabwean to come out and reveal her positive HIV
status. We, and USAID our donor, found this extremely courageous
and the awards in her name are to honour other courageous individuals,
organizations and those who are doing creative things in the fight
against HIV/AIDS," said Dr Walkup, the Chief of Party for the
Zimbabwe AIDS Policy and Advocacy Project (ZAPA).
This year the
winners in the media category are journalists Sarah Tikiwa and Bertha
Shoko. Ms Tikiwa was applauded for her significant long-term contribution,
commitment and sensitivity in writing about HIV related issues,
while Ms Shoko was commended for her energy and critical analysis
in covering the subject.
In the workplace
category, Hwange Colliery was honoured for its "significant
contribution" in mitigating the HIV/AIDS crisis in its community
by creating a comprehensive, effective and sustainable work-based
HIV/AIDS policy and program.
Betty Saunyama was honored in the "vulnerable groups"
category for her selfless support of children infected with, and
affected by, HIV. Popularly known as Mbuya Saunyama, she runs an
orphanage in Mbizo Township, Kwekwe.
category was won by Dr Paul Chimedza, who was credited for his commitment
and outstanding leadership skills in effectively responding to HIV/AIDS.
Organizers also commended Dr Chimedza for demonstrating conviction
in his work and increasing both the quality, and depth, of public
discourse on the pandemic.
In the same
category Tendayi Westerhof, was applauded for displaying courage
and encouraging frank discussions on related issues via her openness.
She was named a role model for all Zimbabweans who are HIV positive.
of the Auxillia Chimusoro Awards include journalist Andrew Mtandwa,
Southern Africa AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAFAIDS),
popular musician Oliver Mtukudzi and the New Start Center.
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