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EDZELL Parish Church will be hosting its annual Souper Sunday on January 29.

Part of the Church of Scotland HIV programme, last year Souper Sunday raised £76,000 from Church of Scotland congregations from all over the country.

Church elders lead the service and it is followed by a simple lunch of soup and bread. The aim is not just to raise money but to make people more aware of the many issues surrounding HIV.

Of course action to help those affected by HIV and AIDS attracts high profile support from many celebrities.

Aberdeen’s superstar Annie Lennox is an UNAIDS ambassador and works tirelessly to raise awareness and support for women and children affected by the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

But the problem is so big that a whole host of agencies and organisations are involved in tackling the many issues associated with the virus.

The Church of Scotland has worked quietly and efficiently to help those affected by HIV and Aids.

Even if a person living with HIV is able to stay fit and able, he or she can still be dragged down by social factors such as rejection and mistrust.

When someone is side-lined by society on account of their HIV status, that person’s self-esteem and sense of worth in the community are bound to take a big knock.

It is now more than 30 years since HIV first appeared in our world. Over those three decades, how many people have taken the trouble to understand the virus – what it is, what it does, how it is transferred from person to person?

The Church of Scotland HIV Programme (formerly known as the “HIV/AIDS Project”) works in close co-operation with church-based and other agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and Scotland.

Souper Sunday provides a perfect in-road for congregations to join this growing partnership.

The Souper Sunday service starts at 11 am in Edzell Church on Sunday and all are welcome.