Friday, February 13, 2009

Alan Brand awarded The Ripple Effect Beautiful Soul Award

Alan Brand has been awarded the inaugural Ripple Effect Beautiful Soul Award in recognition of his courage in living openly with HIV and for his tremendous work in HIV/AIDS education. The Beautiful Soul Award is an initiative of Creative Ink, Publisher of the Ripple Effect and Impilo Yetho (wellness information in isiZulu). The Award seeks to give recognition to, highlight and honour the work of people who have shown exceptional commitment and courage and who have become sources of inspiration to us all.

Alan is currently the Group Wellness Manager for the Tsebo Outsourcing Group. He was appointed as the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Representative on the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) in July 2003. Alan’s role as Group Wellness Manager has resulted in him becoming a key player in the fight against HIV/AIDS within the Hospitality Industry, throughout the country as well as in neighbouring countries. He has also project managed the groundbreaking approach to the management of HIV/AIDS through the introduction of a focus on nutritionally enhances food products in the workplace to enhance immune systems and thereby have a positive impact on general wellness.

Alan writes monthly articles for the Ripple Effect. During 2004 he was selected to publish his journals on the Metropolitan website diary project. During 2005 he completed a book detailing his experiences in living and thriving with HIV. This book entitled “Positively Alive”, published and distributed through jacana Media, is currently on the shelves at Exclusive Books.

Link to the Ripple Effect website: HERE

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