Hollywood star Richard Gere is the vice president
of the project 'The Heroes Project' which is aimed
at driving away the menace of AIDS through publicity
and awareness. The Heroes Project arranged an entertainment
show on the night of 22nd October at Balayogi Stadium,
Gachibowli. This function was attended by YS Rajasekhara
Reddy, Richard Gere, Chiranjeevi, Kamal Hassan, Mohan
Babu, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Sarath Kumar, Jaya Ram,
Allu Arjun, Vishnu, Madhavan, Rajasekha, Vikram, Simbu,
Radhika, Amala, Jeevitha, Revathi, Sumalatha, Shriya,
Genelia, Sandhya, Sangeeta, Navya Nayar, Sada, Usha
Utap, Vasundhara Das, RP Patnaik, Devi Sri Prasad,
Prabhu Deva, Venu Madhav.
said, "I have participated in many functions.
But it gives me immense satisfaction when I participate
in any function that is meant for social service.
Public should not show apathy towards AIDS and they
should against AIDS disease. We should be proud of
Ricard Gere who is taking this project all over the
YS Rajasekhara Reddy said, "The Government
is taking all the steps to bring awareness in public
about AIDS. It is nice to see celebrities and film
stars participating in these functions very actively.
The government has incorporated lessons on AIDS from
7th standard for the students. The youth should be
taught lessons about morality issues. The illegitimate
relationships are dangerous and one should stay away
from such things."
Minister for Information and Broadcasting S Jaipal
Reddy said, "Youth should maintain firmness
by not getting lured into bad activities. Cinema is
the most powerful media. It is nice to see stars participating
in AIDS control campaigns."
Kamal Hassan said, "One should not hate
AIDS patients. They should be treated with compassions
by fellow human beings."
Gere said, "Around eight thousand people
are dying of AIDS every day. AIDS is more dangerous
than Tsunami. South Africa is where 35-40 per cent
of the AIDS cases exist followed by India where one
in every eight people is dying of the disease. The
growth rate is only 2 per cent in India and if we
all work together we can still contain it. AIDS patients
should be treated with humanity."
entertainment programs include dance performances
by Shriya, Sada, Sangeeta, Devi Sri Prasad, Tarun,
Vishnu, Prabhu Deva and Pooja. Devi Sri Prasad, RP
Patnaiak, Malathi, Vasundhara Das, Sunitha Saradhi
rendered film songs. Venkatesh and Venu Madhav did
a comedy skit.