Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013): HIVsport joins humanity in respect - 5.12.13
"Sport has the power to change the world" Nelson Mandela
The following is shared from exerpts of BBC news (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-10529266 )
Though at first muted in his approach to the issues surrounding HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela eventually became a dedicated and extremely effective advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease.
When Mr Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, HIV/Aids had yet to make its full impact on South Africa. Following his election as president four years later, Mr Mandela faced huge challenges and - like so many other world leaders at the time - failed to fully understand the depth of the problem and did little to help those with Aids.
After Mr Mandela left office in 1999, he campaigned for more research into HIV/Aids, for education about safe sex and for better treatment for those affected. On World Aids Day in 2000, he sent out a hard-hitting message, saying:
"We are facing a silent and invisible enemy that is threatening the very fabric of our society."
In November 2003, Mr Mandela - and his Nelson Mandela Foundation - stepped up the campaign, launching an HIV/Aids fundraising campaign called 46664, after his prison number on Robben Island.
The campaign received a further boost in 2005, when Mr Mandela shocked the nation by announcing that his son, Makgatho, had died of Aids.
He urged people to talk about HIV/Aids "to make it appear like a normal illness".
The 2005 Nelson Mandela was awarded the UKC International Hero Award from the UK Coalition of People living with HIV and AIDS recognising Mr. Mandela's contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS.
HIVsport fundraiser of the year: John Fitzpatrick - 27.11.13
John crossing the finishing line
Between June 8th and 16th this year, John Fitzpatrick took part in the ‘Deloitte Ride Across Britain’. Billed as the UK’s ultimate cycle challenge, this sporting journey takes riders from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 9 days. John’s outstanding sporting efforts raised £755.39 in donations from his family, friends and colleagues for HIVsport. A BIG THANK YOU from all of us at HIVsport for a brilliant achievement John and also to all who supported you to help us continue our work.
John's massive efforts also raised a simillar amount for Paralympics GB.
League Managers Association joins forces with HIVsport to mark World AIDS Day 2013 - 01.12.13
To mark the occasion of World AIDS Day, the League Managers Association is once again supporting the annual HIVsport World AIDS Day campaign to raise awareness of the global threat of HIV and AIDS.
To support the campaign the LMA send the HIVsport red ribbon ‘Footbball Badge of Hope’ to all 92 league managers asking them to wear the badge over the World AIDS Day period to show their support for the 33 million people living with HIV and AIDS across the world.
HIVsport's 'Badge of Hope' campaign in it's seventh year
Andy Harvey of HIVsport said, ‘For the past seven years the football managers and their association have shown magnificent support in helping to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS. Every manager who chooses to wear the badge does so voluntarily and this is an incredibly powerful message of hope they give to everyone around the world who is affected by HIV and AIDS.’
Richard Bevan, Chief Executive of the LMA, says. ‘We are delighted once again to support this important campaign and to show that the football world can help raise awareness of HIV and AIDS at this time of year’.
World AIDS Day
Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day (WAD) is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
According to UNAIDS statistics there are approximately 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS across the world, the majority of them in sub-Saharan Africa. However, HIV is present in every country in the world and remains a global health threat. There are approximately 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK, with one in five of those infected not knowing their status.
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