When you open that brand new 2010 calendar, turn directly to May 7 to jot down the inaugural Shades4AIDS day.
Don a pair of sunglasses and make a gold coin donation on the day to help raise money for the Hope for Cambodian Children group — a charity that aims to stop mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
“With a simple dose of medication costing only $4.50, an HIV-positive mother can give birth to a healthy, HIV-negative baby,” a spokeswoman for the Shades4AIDS organisers said. “Most people don’t realise that’s even possible, let alone for such a small cost.
“Donations help cover the cost of administering this medication, as well as the pathology needed for HIV diagnosis, baby formula, bottles and education to help HIV-positive mothers raise healthy babies.”
Money also goes towards the charity’s orphanage for children whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
To participate, schools or offices simply need to register with the shades4AIDS website and collect money on the day. Money can then either be directly transferred to HFCC or a representative can come to collect donations.
info: To register your school or office with shades4AIDS, visit www.shades4aids.org For more information on Hope for Cambodian Children, visit www.hopeforcambodianchildren.org