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South African Airways Cargo supports HIV/AIDS awareness initiative

South African Airways Cargo supports HIV/AIDS awareness initiative

JOHANNESBURG - 01 July 2009 : South African Airways Cargo (SAAC) is lending a helping hand in fighting the stigma around HIV/AIDS, having sponsored the transport of photography equipment and portraits free of charge from New York to Cape Town and back to New York.

SAAC was approached by POZ, a US based magazine for people living with or affected by HIV, to transport their cargo so that they can exhibit at the International AIDS Society Conference which is to be held in South Africa from 1 July 2009. The shipment consists of portraits of individuals affected by the disease and aims to raise awareness about the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS.

The total shipment is 225 kgs. “We readily accepted the request as we felt it was important to support such an important initiative. We are also proud to be associated with this initiative which is a fight against the pandemic that has killed many people around the world,” said Justice Luthuli, Acting Head of Cargo.

“In addition, our involvement in this project is based on the fact that we are a caring organisation as we have assisted various charities over the years which could not afford to transport their cargo destined for amongst the most vulnerable people in Africa from all over the world,” said Luthuli. The shipments that SAAC has supported include human organs for urgent surgical operations, wild life destined for sanctuaries and general goods (i.e. soccer kits, medical equipment, computers, toys, clothing, human remains, medicine etc).

Issued by South African Airways Cargo

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