On World AIDS Day in Cherkassy, a monument was installed, dedicated to people who live with HIV or died of AIDS. The monument was officially opened by the representatives of the charitable organization “From Heart to Heart”, in cooperation with Cherkasy Oblast Branch of the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Deputy Mayor Gennady Shevchenko and a therapist of the Regional Center for AIDS Prevention and Control Olga Vakulyuk.
The memorial is installed in the local park “Sosnovy”, made with funding of the public budget in 2016.
“For more than 15 years we have been carrying out various actions devoted to the problem of HIV/AIDS, but there was no place where people could honor the memory of people who died from this disease. Now there is a place, it’s good that we a sign for that purpose in this park. After all, it is in this place that many families are walking with children, and this memorial will be a reminder of the problem and that we need to conduct a safe behavior to not expose ourselves and others to this illness. This memorial is also a symbol of understanding and tolerance to people living with HIV or who have died of AIDS. That’s why it was very important for us to have such a sign in Cherkassy” said Natalya Nesvat, chairman of the board “From Heart to Heart “.
The Deputy Mayor of Cherkasy Gennady Shevchenko also joined the event, he noted that charitable and public organizations that work with vulnerable people deserve all support and respect, both from the authorities and from citizens.