On December 1, 2008, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) launched a World AIDS Day Poster Contest reflecting the theme "Celebrate Life." PEPFAR invited young people between the ages of 5 and 20 from around the world to submit posters displaying their original artwork.
The winning posters, featuring artwork from five continents, were debuted in a poster show launched around World AIDS Day 2009.
On December 2, 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Guyana honored two young, local artists whose artwork was featured in this poster show.
At the ceremony, which was attended by competition entrants and students from surrounding schools, contest winners Mariea Harrinarine and Athaliah Lambert received prizes for their posters and certificates from PEPFAR recognizing their achievement.
Colorful and vibrant, Harrinarine and Lambert's pieces were chosen for inclusion in the PEPFAR Poster Show and were exhibited at World AIDS Day events in the United States and around the world.
During the celebration, U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires Karen Williams reaffirmed the U.S. Government commitment to its partners in the fight against global AIDS.
In Guyana, the "Celebrate Life" poster competition involved the collaboration of PEPFAR, the Peace Corps, the Guyanese Ministry of Education, the Volunteer Youth Corps and the Guyanese National AIDS Programme Secretariat.
To view the complete PEPFAR poster show, please visit: www.flickr.com/photos/pepfar/.
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