The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation has launched its 2007 Christmas Appeal to raise much-needed funds for men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
With 30 percent of people affected by HIV/AIDS in NSW living below the poverty line, Christmas can be an extremely difficult and stressful time of year.
Companies and individuals have been called upon to donate money or purchase a BGF Beach Towel.
Two hundred dollars is enough to pay for a month’s worth of life-saving antiretroviral medication for 12 clients living on the disability support pension.
BGF client David Polson said BGF helped him pay for his electricity bills and expensive medication for peripheral neuropathy.
“Without this help I would be in permanent excruciating pain,” Polson said.
“Now with this medication, this pain is drastically reduced.”
Polson also acknowledged the importance of BGF’s Phoenix Workshop, which allowed him to reassess his life and gain a new sense of self-worth and self-confidence, “something I had lost after being out of the work force for so many years”.
“But I guess the most important thing that I have received from BGF is the warmth and sense of humour that pervades the entire organisation,” he said.
BGF also came to the rescue of Manny Fenech, who said he was previously unable to afford medications, utility bills or rent.
“The staff at BGF have also helped me with one-on-one practical services so I can manage my money better and stand on my own two feet again,” he said.
All money raised in the 2007 Christmas Appeal goes to the BGF financial assistance program, which supports people directly disadvantaged by HIV/AIDS.
BGF CEO Bev Lange said the organisation was just one of many support and care agencies, including Ankali, the Positive Living Centre, the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, and ACON’s Community Support Network.
She said Christmas was difficult for all people living below the poverty line.
“But for people affected by HIV/AIDS, many of whom have lost their social networks and their friends through HIV, the pressures are completely overwhelming,” she said.
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For more information about donating or purchasing a BGF beach towel, call 1800 651 011 or go to www.bgf.org.au.

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