Red Cross Club Forms Human Ribbon
|Race participants make a human red ribbon
on the Green Oval
The AUB Red Cross Club held its fourth annual AIDS Run in December. This
year, the marathon was not so much about promoting awareness about AIDS
as it was about creating a feeling of support for patients with the disease.
"When you group a bunch of people under the same cause, it becomes
direct moral support for the patients with AIDS," commented Hania
Chamas, the club's head of public relations.
For over a month, the club's sponsors and its supporters did all they
could to organize a fun and caring event. Then, on December 5 at the start
of the run, each participant was given an AIDS Run T-shirt, a pin, and
the runner's number, as well as informational brochures about the Red
Cross AIDS program. And finally, the race was on. Eagerly, everyone watched
the runners speed down and across through AUB campus, pushing towards
the Oval to reach the finishing line.
The first three runners to complete the run were rewarded prizes, which
included a set of sportswear, free membership at Platinum gym for one
month, and a Beesline skin care package. A special prize was also given
to the Student Activism Club, chosen as the Best Group for its inspiring
enthusiasm and pithy banners, one of which read, "Discrimination
is worse than AIDS." Finally, in accordance with tradition, the participants
joined hands in creating a human ribbon representing collective empathy
towards all who suffer from AIDS.