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Last Saturday, December 1st, was World AIDS Day. I hope you were able to join others in the fight against HIV and AIDS for those living with the condition and also remember those who have died of it. And of course, I hope you are still helping to spread awareness about prevention methods. A few quick facts from the website: an estimated 34 million people have HIV and more than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus.
Wow. Way too many lives are being lost! #sad
Months ago, I was planning to do something special to celebrate AIDS and HIV awareness, but alas, time slipped and I found myself a few days away from World AIDS Day with no ideas or plans. I’m thankful for my lack of planning (this time) because it made me search for local happenings and I came across the 6th Annual Artists for Charity (AFC) Holiday Benefit.
Check out their website yourself to see how AFC has worked for six years to improve the lives of orphans in Ethiopia living with HIV and how they have just sent their first child to college (an amazing and awesome accomplishment) and how the founder, Abezash, is continuing to use her talent of art to change the world and to help others do the same. #love I support massive CHANGE!
When I was younger, I remember learning about HIV and AIDS and how awareness advocates said that at some point we would all know someone either living with or that had died from the condition. At that time, I was happy to be in the population of people who had not had a loved one live with it or die from it (at least that I knew of). But that changed shortly afterwards.
And today, I’m no longer in that population.
It still hurts thinking about it… the loss of a good friend and the struggle of others living with the virus in my circle. This pandemic is real folks, and as my mother says, it “is no respecter of persons.”
I’m happy to report that Artists for Charity raised more than $42,000 at the event. $42K!!!!! That was music to my ears and I’m greatly excited about the good works that will happen because of these funds.
Pictures: I hope you enjoy the few shots I took from the 6th Annual AFC Holiday Benefit. I was IN LOVE with the art; passionate, heartfelt and very skillful! Even the founder is an artist by trade. Being in room full of creative and caring minds is the closest thing to heaven we know of.
“Because of YOU we are able to continue to help make a difference in the lives of children living with HIV/AIDS. You don’t have to wait until the next benefit to get involved or donate.” -AFC
QUESTION: How has AIDS and HIV affected YOUR life? Are you still in the ‘the population?’ Did you leave also? Share how the lives of your friends have been affected. We’d love to hear any story you have!
Today, I’m thankful for those fighting the good fight against HIV and AIDS and for the additional blessings coming to Ethiopia! God bless.