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Why HIV/AIDs? Why South Africa?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 by Marianne Elliott

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Some people have been asking me why I’ve chosen to raise funds for HIV/AIDS projects in South Africa when my own work has been in Afghanistan, Palestine, Timor-Leste and New Zealand.

The short answer is because these projects are already doing effective work to help people in need, and because I can help them.

The slightly longer answer is I’m concerned that several massive natural disasters (the quake in Haiti, the floods in Pakistan) will combine with several very expensive conflicts (Afghanistan and Iraq) to take such a toll on international aid resources that public health projects for women and children all over the world will suffer, and that these HIV/AIDs projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, will collapse.

The most eloquent answer, however, is this video, a speech at a recent TEDx conference by the wonderful Annie Lennox. Please take ten minutes to watch this video:

Help out

If you’d like to help me raise this money then you can:

1. Check out the great events and products that members of my Seva challenge team are offering to raise funds for this cause (there are online workshops with Christine Mason Miller, book-binding classes, beautiful hand-made jewelry and even a Seva tank top, all raising funds for these projects in South Africa.)

2. Raise funds yourself and submit them in any of the ways listed below.

3. Make a donation.

Make a donation

There are three ways to make a donation:

1. Through my ChipIn for this cause.

2. Directly through The Engage Network page IMPORTANT NOTE: If you donate this way then you must choose Global Seva Challenge: South Africa from the first drop down menu AND then choose my name (Marianne Elliott) from the second drop down menu. Please don’t miss this step or the money won’t be allocated correctly!

3. You can go old-skool and write a check. Checks should be written out to The Engage Network, with my name (Marianne Elliott) on the memo line of the check, and sent to: Off the Mat, Into the World, PO Box 748, Venice, CA 90294


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8 Responses to "Why HIV/AIDs? Why South Africa?"

  1. Toni says:

    Hi Marianne!

    I wanted to thank you for all the work you are doing around the world!

    I’d love to chip-in and donate some monies towards your causes, but alas the link isn’t working 🙁 Perhaps the best way is to send a check or ???

    You can contact me either via twitter / facebook or e-mail…

    With love and warmth
    Toni xo

  2. Andi says:

    I did some volunteer work in SA with AIDS/HIV patients. Changed my life!!! Sooo happy you’re raising money for this cause.

  3. Tina Tierson says:

    I can’t find adequate words to express how this video makes me feel. So through tears I can only say thank you Marianne.

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  6. Richard says:

    Hi Marianne

    I am a South African who went back to study journalism after changing ideas of the world and myself. If I can help with covering the difference that the project makes at the charities you are helping, please just let me know.

    You are doing amazing work. If I can help what you are up to, I’d be honoured to.

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