Artistes in Direct Support Guyana

Commonwealth Point of Light 124. Desiree Edghill

Desiree Edghill, representing Guyana, co-founded Artistes in Direct Support (AIDS), which educates at-risk people about HIV and AIDS through the creative arts, reaching hundreds of thousands of people across the country, tackling stigma and debunking myths around the disease.

Desiree Edghill

In 2018, she was bestowed one of Guyana’s National Awards for her far reaching advocacy work and she is now looking to open a drop in centre for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

British High Commissioner in Guyana Greg Quinn said:

“Over the past two decades Desiree has been selfless and unstinting in her support for those with HIV/AIDS in Guyana. Her compassion and care should serve as an example to us all of how to deal with those less fortunate than ourselves. It is a huge personal honour for me to be able to congratulate Desiree on this very well deserved reward which I hope will serve as a small token of our recognition and appreciation of the work she has done.”

Desiree said:

“This is a great way to start the New Year, being recognised for the work I have done for my country. I was overcome with feelings of Thankfulness, Gratefulness and Humility. I could not have done this without the Blessings of Almighty God and the Tremendous support of my Family, Colleagues and those whose lives I’ve touched. Many thanks for bestowing this honour upon me.”

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