Students at Bradford College marked World Aids Day with rap, poetry and music.
Dressed in red and wearing red ribbons, students took part in a series of activities designed to raise awareness and support for the global fight against HIV and AIDS.
Yasin Esmail, 21 from Manninghaam, who is studying for a degree in social work, performed a self-penned rap about the disease before fellow social work student Bernadette O’Horo, 29 from Keighley, delivered a hard-hitting poem called Twisted Fingers which she said “challenges the discrimination in relation to HIV and AIDS”.
Bernadette, who writes under the pseudonym Bernie-the-Bolt, then placed a written version of her poem in the college’s Jo Cox Café and urged students to sign it as a gesture to show they would stand up for people affected by HIV and AIDS.
“Jo Cox was a woman who believed in making change,” she said.
“She said that when we stand together, great things can happen. I hope the poem can remain in the café for years to come and people will sign it as a pledge to help make a change.”
It was also announced that students had agreed to sponsor a seven-year-old child in Ghana through the charity Action Aid – a sponsorship they plan to continue throughout her education.
Sexual Health organisation Yorkshire MESMAC gave a presentation as part of the day’s events which also included a quiz and music from the School Of Rock and Media.
World AIDS Day is held on December 1 every year and provides an opportunity for people across the globe to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died.
Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.