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World AIDS Day

December 1, 2010

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

As the world commemorates World AIDS Day, I hope you will too!  According to the UN, this year’s theme, “Universal Access and Human Rights,” is being highlighted in events around the globe by the Light For Rights campaign organized by various charitable organizations.  Light For Rights events are being held all over the world.  The events encourage 100 cities to dim the lights on public landmarks to remember the devastating affect AIDS has had, and then to turn the lights back on – to illuminate the fundamental human rights shared by all – but often denied people living with HIV. 

AVERT, an international AIDS & HIV charity says, “Universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care is the key to ending the global AIDS epidemic.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Although we have made incredible strides, there is still much work to be done.  Click here for the stats.

Visit these sites to see how you can help:

World AIDS Day 2010 – Official Website

CANFAR

AVERT

And for all of you coffee lovers, Starbucks is supporting World AIDS Day.  As part of their 12 Days of Sharing Campaign, five cents from every handcrafted beverage sold today will support the Global Fund which helps those suffering with AIDS in Africa. They’ll also be making a contribution to the Global Fund with any purchase of (STARBUCKS) RED products throughout the year.  Click here for more info: 

Photo by Nina Voulis

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