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Moore help for HIV fight

Published:Tuesday | October 12, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Jamaica Business Council on HIV/AIDS (JaBCHA) last Friday announced Earl Moore as its new council manager.

Moore, a former president of Guardian Life Insurance Company, served as chairman of JaBCHA from August 2008 to December 2009 when he retired from Guar-dian Life.

During that period, Guardian Life held the chair of JaBCHA. Speaking during the members' meeting, Jacqueline Cook of Sagicor Life Jamaica and secretary of JaBCHA remarked that Moore, having served as chairman and now manager, will help JaBCHA to grow and remain relevant to its cause and the organisations it serves.

Steady growth

Stephen Wallder, first vice-chair of COK Sodality, in highlighting the major achievements of JaBCHA for the year, spoke of the steady growth in membership.

He welcomed the most recent organisations to become members of JaBCHA. These are CVM Television, Infoserv, Design by Marc and The Wyndham hotel. The Gleaner Company chairs the PR and membership committee.

Another highlight of the meeting, was the launch of the JaBCHA's website, www.jabcha.org, which was developed to enhance communication to all, as it will provide access to information on JaBCHA and HIV/AIDS in general. Dr Pierre Somse, UNAIDS country coordinator for Jamaica, Belize and The Bahamas, commended JaBCHA for the work it has been doing.

JaBCHA was launched with 21 members in September 2006 in response to an identified need for businesses to get involved in the national movement to combat the problem of HIV and AIDS. Today, membership stands at 41. The council is funded mainly by membership dues, sponsorship for projects and fund-raising events. The main fund-raiser is the 'Touch of Red' dinner held annually in early December. This year, the dinner will be held at The Wyndham hotel, New Kingston, on December 3.