Revellers and spectators at the Foreday Mornin’ Jam and Grand Kadooment events will receive 30,000 more condoms than they did last year, as the National HIV/AIDS Commission will increase the number of condoms distributed from 70,000 to a record 100,000, via its free music truck and national intervention.
Preparations have began for what will be the largest ever condom intervention in Barbados when the Commission’s free music truck hits the streets on foreday Mornin’, with over 50 HIV volunteers distributing condoms to the general public, and packing over 700,000 watts of power compliments First Choice Sound System.
“Following a very successful condom intervention last year, we decided to scale up the number of condoms distributed this year. Last year the numbers distributed were not enough because on Kadooment day we were depleted before we reached the Highway. We are therefore ensuring that, by increasing the number, there is no such occurrence this year”, said Director of the Commission, Jacqueline Wiltshire Gay.
She reiterated that the Crop-Over festival was an ideal avenue for reminding Barbadians to continue to adopt safe, and responsible sexual choices and behaviours.
“Our theme for Crop-Over is The Fight Is Not Over and we at the Commission will continue to walk the walk with the people of Barbados. This includes not only distributing condoms to reinforce the need to safe sexual choices, but to also spread relevant HIV awareness messages through music, entertainment and interpersonal engagement,” said the Director.