FAMU Hosts World AIDS Day Vigil

Florida A&M University’s Kappa Kappa Psi (KKY) Healthcare sorority incorporated, hosted the Annual World’s Aids Candlelight Vigil Tuesday evening.

The event served as a dedication purpose for all the lives lost and affected by the deadly virus.

It started with a prayer to show love and support and transitioned into gift giveaway and prizes.

Oladempe Oleigh-Wallah, a student representative and KKY advocate, from West Africa were among the few volunteers at the event.

“We wanted to educate and create awareness for those who aren’t aware about the HIV virus, “ Wallah encouraged. “We wanted everyone to know their status in order keep from transmitting the virus, and its good to educate yourself as well as others.”

Bond Health Clinic was acknowledged as a sponsor for the World Aids Day Vigil. The health care clinic located on South Monroe Street, was giving out free tests to all students.

Located near FAMU’s campus, people can visit the clinic between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. for more information.

Kelvin Wilson received an award during the ceremony.  He was acknowledged as the HIV Care and Prevention Coordinator.

“I felt that it was very important to be apart of this ceremony because we are continuously reaching out to the students on FAMU’s campus.”

The ceremony closed with guest speaker, Dr. Carione, an assistant professor at the FAMU College of Pharmacy, and HIV awareness advocate.

“After my aunt died from the virus, I decided to become an advocate to educate people who aren’t aware of what it can do to your body,”Carione said . “It was only right that I share with others before it’s too late.”