click below for news of the African Aids Angels group in Campbell River
A group of volunteers of all ages concerned with the effects of AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. We make decorative angels to raise funds for AIDS-related projects making a difference to Africans affected by AIDS, in Malawi, Zambia & South Africa. View info about recent events and project developments here.
Song for Nkosi
Simon Fraser Elementary School Peace Choir’s favourite song was written by their Choir Master, Marisa Orth-Pallavicini and her fellow songwriter, Pat Davit. It is called "For Nkosi", and is dedicated to Nkosi Johnson, an 11-year-old South African, who addressed the 13th International Aids Conference in
His entreaty to everyone is featured in the song:
"Do all that you can,
with all that you have,
in the time that you have,
in the place where you are."
This link will give you more information about Nkosi. Note the connection between his story and the comments that Vic writes (below) about the ARV program at St. Mary's hopsital.
Where Do I send the Money?
Many of you are making angels at home and getting donations from friends and family. That's a great!
The most efficient, carbon neutral way of handling those funds is:
1. Write a cheque to African Aids Angels for the same amount (i.e. you raise $75 from your home, keep the cash and write an equivalent cheque)
2. send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask where to send the funds.
Just wanted to remind you that we appreciate your special talent. You are the best
fund raisers. Do you imagine how any millions of
for the suffering Malawiians and yet you have not lost your zeal and
dedication since 2002.You have convinced many people to donate
materially, in time, financially and in marketing , selling etc. May God bless you
As usual we cherish the special visits made by Canadian friends to the
beneficiaries .The visits cement the special bond between beneficiaries and
the donors. (referring to a possible trip next year by a new volunteer)
The weather has become so unpredictable nowadays.
Greet all the good people.
Thembalethu and ST. Mary's Hospital
Vic and Lorraine Parsons have just returned from Thembalethu Orphanage in South Africa. They have also visited St. Mary's Hospital. These are the two projects that we support in South Africa.
Here is Vic's first note to African Aids Angels.
It is a constant source of amazement to the people we visited in
On our return this week we read about the stupendous effort of the students in raising $3500, and the house sales results, Great work!
There is so much that has been done, and so much to accomplish. We visited St Mary's Hospital last week and got in-depth explanations of where our funds go in the Born To Live program, which provides ARVs to pregnant mothers to prevent mother-to-child trasmission of HIV. Since the program started, 3000 mothers have participated in the program, and 4,000 babies are involved, with a success rate of 95 per cent. The South African government, with funding assistance from the
Finding Angels in
On Dec. 5, Larry and Mary traveled to
Angel Craft Fairs
The Angels have just completed two busy weeks of Craft Fairs.
A warm thank you to organizers and the dozens of volunteers who worked so hard to make these events such a success.
We have taken part in fairs at Commonwealth Pool,
Craft Fair, Dickens Fair plus many smaller events at various churches and home parties. Our total raised over the last two weeks is over $12,000.