About us…


What is SHARC?


The Student HIV / Aids Resistance Campaign (SHARC) is a student

organisation of Rhodes University, Grahamstown. It is comprised of

registered student members and run by a committee of students. Within

the organisation there are a number of different portfolios which

change according to need. Each year, elections are held in which

SHARC members elect a new committee. SHARC is officially aligned

with the Rhodes Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and all SHARC

members are therefore also TAC members. As SHARC falls under the

category of a student society, it receives a small amount of funding

from the Student Representative Council on request. Apart from that, it

receives the majority of its income from membership fees. In 2008,

SHARC had 350 members and remains the largest, most active student

society on campus.


SHARC’s History:

In 2003, a group of extraordinary Rhodes students who were

concerned about the lack of HIV / Aids awareness on campus put their

energy into creating SHARC – a society that could tackle the challenge

head on. Since 2003, SHARC has been one of the most active and

effective societies on campus. In 2005, members of the committee

drafted a new HIV / Aids policy for Rhodes which was presented to the

University during one of the best attended campus-wide marches. Since

then, Rhodes University has adopted a fixed HIV / Aids policy that is

regularly reviewed. It also has an HIV / Aids Task Committe comprised

of relevant university stakeholders, such as TAC, the Sanatorium and

the Counselling Centre. In 2008, Rhodes appointed an HIV Advocacy

officer, a position which SHARC had lobbied for a long time. To this day,

SHARC is still at the centre of Rhodes’ response to HIV /Aids, arranging

all the advocacy, workshops, awareness campaigns and student forums

on campus.






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