STAFF WRITER FN News Desk
With the 2019 HASB (HIV/AIDS Survivors Benefit) Honours quickly approaching, president of the non-profit organization, Tina Roberts, said that she is excited about the upcoming event.
This year’s Honours is set for September 29 at the Pelican Bay Resort beginning at 7:00 p.m.
In a statement yesterday – Wednesday, August 14 – Roberts noted, “HASB considers it an honour to officially recognize those who educate, empower and raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
“Each of our 2019 honorees has sincerely invested time, resources and or finances to the community and HASB’s organization in successfully raising awareness, fighting stigma, educating the community and some as much as pioneering in the treatment and prevention of the disease.”
She added, “The epidemic is still very prevalent in our communities and we congratulate our honorees for their selfless work and commitment to the fight against AIDS.”
This year’s honorees are Dr. Eric Brown, MD; businessman Anthony ‘Tony’ Miller; Magistrate Rengin Johnson, Deacon Jeff Hollingsworth; business owners Morris and Michelle Simmons; Dr. Shailesh Hegde, medical doctor at the Rand Memorial; Afrika Miller-Karamo, educator and President of the Grand Bahama AIDS Awareness Committee (GBAAC); Jeanine Baillou, public relations officer at the Rand Memorial Hospital and Rotarian Nina ‘Minna’ Winters, will all be honoured for their contributions in the education and fight against HIV/AIDS.
While the event is by invitation only, HASB Founder Kevin Thompson-Delancy, JP, Esq., said that a number of overseas guests are expected to be in attendance.
“We are proud to announce the 2019 HASB honorees. These persons would have gone beyond in their support of the organization and its programmes,” said Thompson-Delancy. “We are pleased to have selected a group of outstanding citizens of Grand Bahama, who have given of their time and finances to ensure that HASB continues to touch lives and bring hope.”
Thompson-Delancy reiterated that the ceremony and cocktail reception will be held September 29, 2019 at Pelican Bay Resort.
“We are excited about this year’s HASB Honours. This is a time that the HASB Committee, along sponsors in GB and our friends from abroad, namely the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), come together to show our appreciation and respect to persons who have gone above and beyond in supporting our organization in the fight against HIV and AIDS.
“Not only in supporting our organizations, but persons in the medical field who have given their time, service and who have gone beyond the call of duty.
“We want to celebrate those that have given so much of their time, who have stood with us, some who have done it in silence, some who didn’t even want to be recognized,” said Thompson-Delancy.
Last year, 2018, honorees included – Sarah St. George, GB Port Authority Vice Chairman; Fred Sturrup, GM and Managing Editor of The Freeport News; Dr. Alfred and Nurse Vivian Brathwaite; former Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe; GBHS Administrator Sharon Williams and Evelyn Lightbourne.