The Zimbabwe Community Health Intervention Research Project (Zichire) together with urban groovers will begin their HIV and Aids marathon awareness campaign Friday.
The campaign is meant to encourage youth on HIV and Aids prevention methods like abstinence and avoiding intergenerational relationships.
“We are going to start in Dzivaresekwa on Friday (tomorrow) where we will conduct various activities like music, dance and other competitions in the open air so as to lure the youths to come and hear our message,” said Zichire manager Walter Chikanya.
Chikanya said their hope was to cover Dzivaresekwa, Harare Gardens, Hatcliffe and Greendale areas by the end of the day.
Urban groovers involved with the programme are Cindy Munyavi, Trevor Dongo, Sanii Makhalima, Ex-Q, Leonard Mapfumo and Extra Large.
“We will all move around in one big van and wherever we stop to talk to the youths we will host competitions, drama and urban groove performances where youths will walk away with prizes,” said Chikanya.
He said for tomorrow they were planning to spend at least two hours at each venue and they would conduct a five-hour programme at Prince Edward School, Mabvuku, Tafara and Kambuzuma.
On Saturday the group will also have a youth open-air bash in Kambuzuma where the urban groovers will get time to perform for their fans.
“Our aim is to reach out to youths through the HIV and Aids campaign by addressing behaviour change messages and causes of the virus,” he said.
Zichire, a community-based organisation, began the marathon awareness campaign in 2007 when they travelled to various centres in Mashonaland East province.
“We are currently focusing on Harare and hoping to cover all the wards,” said Chikanya.
He said they were dedicating the next five years to complete their task of alerting youths on HIV and Aids-related issues.