Celebrating World AIDS Day

BATD ON Dec 01, 2009 AT 4:44 pm

Alicia Keys Concert

Alicia Keys Concert

Individuals and communities across the globe are uniting today to celebrate World AIDS Day 2009. This annual holiday—first held on December 1, 1988—seeks to raise awareness and support for the approximately 33 million people in the world living with HIV/AIDS, including the 85,000 affected in the UK.

The theme of the events this year is “Universal Access and Human Rights,” an optimistic focus on prevention, treatment, and support for all.

One of the highlights is always the celebrity involvement, and this year is no exception. Alicia Keys will be rocking out tonight in New York City’s Nokia Theatre. Her organization Keep a Child Alive will benefit from the concert and fans can watch streaming footage tonight at www.youtube.com/aliciakeyssme. This organization serves not only those affected by the disease, but the families and orphans left in the aftermath of it.

Alicia Keys in Africa

Alicia Keys in Africa

Bono is teaming up with Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba to launch an initiative to fight HIV/AIDS. Nike will be selling (RED) brand products and splitting proceeds equally between global funds and educational programmes. Bono said it was inspiring for strong athletes to serve as role models.

Even Starbucks is donating a small chunk of each beverage sold today to the Global Fund, in addition to a portion of each beverage purchased with a (RED) loyalty card throughout the holiday season. Just another reason to feed your caffeine addiction!

Visit www.worldaidsday.org to find more facts and figures and see what you can do to support this cause. Bust out your red ribbons today!

Click here for more entertainment news.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Comments are closed.