20 September 2010
The Red Ribbon Express (RRE), a special train criss–crossing the country to spread awareness about HIVAIDS, got a rousing welcome from the enthusiastic crowds in the temple city of Faizabad and Gandhi family’s bastion, Amethi on Saturday. Earlier, braving the incessant showers, a large number of people turned up at Faizabad railway station to have a glimpse of the Red Ribbon Express. Over 7,000 people visited the train and got information about HIV\AIDS.
Cultural programmes, skits and exhibitions on HIV\AIDS were also organised in Faizabad. Commissioner Rajiv Kumar, district magistrate M P Agarwal, UPSACS officials Sushma Yogesh and Sadhna Mohan were present at the functions in Faizabad.
After Faizabad, the train chugged into the Amethi station on Saturday. Inaugurating the two–day programme in Amethi, district magistrate of the newly formed Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj district, J P Gupta apprised the huge gathering of the need to run such a huge awareness campaign onboard the Red Ribbon Express. Gupta said that in the past two decades after the virus was first detected, it has made heavy inroads in almost all cities and towns of the country.
The train so far has traversed through nine districts in UP and will now move on to Rae Bareli, Lucknow, Barabanki, Hardoi, Bareily and Saharanpur before it moves out of the state. It is one of the largest multi–media, multi–sectoral, mass mobilisation campaign launched to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS so far.