Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Supply Depot in Victoria

Supplies for angel-makers are available from now until January 8, so please plan ahead if you need bodies or name-tags. After January 8, there will be a break until February.

The pick-up point for angel supplies and completed angels for sales, as well as the drop-off point for completed angels has changed from Linda Foley's back to:

Vic & Lorraine Parsons
1473 Banff Place (off Doncaster), map

Thanks very much to Linda Foley for helping out during the past few busy months.

We need new angels year-round to supply shops and other small sales in the spring/summer.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Where to find Angels

Looking for Angels? Generous shops which carry a small rack of angels are listed on our website.
Welcome and thanks to our newest shops:
  • Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, 4071 Shelbourne St. (at Feltham)
  • Sorensen Books, 1027 Cook St. (at Fort)
  • Tia’s Heritage Cafe, 5305 West Saanich Road (near Sparton)
  • Mazouna Moroccan Bazaar, 715 Douglas St, opp. Convention Centre

Friday, December 02, 2011

A Gift of Hope

Please consider making a cash donation to African AIDS Angels this holiday season. The money will go directly to the projects we support in southern Africa for children, families, and pregnant women who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

A donation is a great way to honour someone who has everything, or everything he or she needs. In the past a couple has made this their gift to each other, and people have made donations for friends who are overseas where gifts are difficult to send. It's a great gift when you don't know what to get for someone, or when you know they will support your gesture of goodwill.

If you wish, for donations of $15 or more you can receive a Gift of Hope card which says in part, "
A Gift of Hope has been made in your name to African AIDS Angels, with best wishes from..."
We will mail the card to you or your recipient.
To make a donation by credit card, use the Donations page on our website.
To make a donation by cheque, mail it to
  • African AIDS Angels
  • c/o 1855 Neil St
  • Victoria BC V8R 3C6
indicating where the Gift of Hope card should be sent. Happy Holidays.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Where to find angels

Upcoming places to find angels in Victoria:
  • Sat. Nov. 26, VIDEA Fair Trade Fair, First Metropolitan United Church, Balmoral at Quadra, 10-4, admission by donation
  • Thur. Dec. 1, World AIDS Day tables at Camosun College (in front of Fisher Building) and University of Victoria
  • Fri.-Sun. Dec. 2-4, Hillside Mall kiosk, between Sears & Purdy's, all mall hours
  • Sat. Dec. 3, Dickens Craft Fair, James Bay Community School, 140 Oswego St., 3-9 pm, admission by donation

Festival of Trees

Leadership students at Mt. Douglas High School in Victoria have made 200 angels and decorated a tree at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. This is part of the annual BC Children's Hospital fund-raiser, the Festival of Trees. The students are honouring a classmate who has been treated by the hospital.

The trees are on the main and lower floors at the Empress from now until January 6, open at all hours. You can vote for your favourite with a donation of $2 or more benefiting the hospital.

If anyone is inspired by the tree to buy an angel, Nathan and Laura found a new shop nearby to carry our regular angels. Check out Mazouna Moroccan Bazaar, 715 Douglas St, across from the Convention Centre.

News from Out-of-Town Groups

We are very grateful to the Out-of-Town group members who contribute to AIDS Angels fund-raising.
  • The small but mighty group in Parksville/Qualicum recently raised $900 at the KAIROS World Trade Bazaar, and continues to supply some local shops.
  • The Halifax group has a branch in Yarmouth which raised $442 at a craft sale. At a national sorority conference the Halifax group made $1013 plus some excellent contacts.
  • An angel-maker in Vancouver who supplied a table at Simon Fraser University for a few years couldn't continue, but some other angel-makers in Vancouver have taken it over.
These groups and others are extremely important to the funds that we send to southern Africa.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Open House Photos

Photos of some of the excellent angels seen at the Nov. 5 Open House are now in the Angel Gallery.

There are also some on our Facebook page.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hillside Mall December 2-4

Thanks to everyone who helped make our Open House on Nov. 5 a success. We are now looking for volunteers to help at the Hillside Mall kiosk on these dates:
  • Friday Dec.2
  • Saturday Dec. 3
  • Sunday Dec. 4
We need to staff all open hours of the mall, which is 9 am to 9 pm, except Sunday which ends at 6 pm.

If you can help for a few hours or have questions, contact Barb McKrow, bmckrow@shaw.ca. Your name will go on a list and you will be contacted later about the schedule. Thanks!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Trees at Empress Hotel

Every year the BC Children's Hospital has a major fund-raiser at the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria. The Festival of Trees on display for six weeks presents a special opportunity for groups and individuals to support the important work of the BC Children's Hospital.

This year a dedicated group of leadership students at Mt. Douglas High School are making African AIDS Angels to decorate their tree. They are contributing in honour of a fellow student who has been helped by the hospital, and later the angels will be available for African AIDS Angels fund-raising.

This event runs from November 22 to January 6. You can check it out and vote for your favourite tree. Thanks to board members Sandra Dennis and Nathan How for making this dual-purpose event happen, as well as to all the students involved.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Fair Trade on November 26

Saturday November 26th
First Metropolitan United Church Hall
932 Balmoral Road at Quadra St, Victoria
10am - 4pm
Come out and support over 35 local fair trade vendors, including African AIDS Angels. Make your holiday purchases with a conscience, enjoy great live music, food from the International Women's Catering Coop, good friends, door prizes and lots more! Admission is by donation and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

African AIDS Angels has enough volunteers for this table. Thanks to those participating.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Open House this Saturday Nov. 5

Be sure to attend our annual Open House in Victoria. See the clever handiwork of dozens of angel-makers, including standing angels for tabletop decoration.

Saturday Nov. 5
10 am to 3 pm
Swan Lake Nature House

Free admission and refreshments. Donations per angel are a minimum of $10 at this special event.

Bring a friend and combine the Open House with a stroll along Swan Lake's refreshing boardwalk.

Angel-making Sessions

Please join these upcoming angel-making sessions. They are drop-in events with instruction provided, and you do not need to bring anything. For maps and future dates, check the Calendar at the bottom of this page.
  1. EVENING Thursday Nov. 3, 7 pm, Holy Cross Parish Hall ( behind the church), 4049 Gordon Head Road
  2. Wed. Nov. 16, 1-3 pm, Cordova Bay United Church, 813 Claremont Ave, beside Claremont School
  3. Mon. Nov. 21, James Bay Community Project, 547 Michigan Ave.
  4. Student group every Tuesday evening, 6:30 pm at UVic Student Union Bldg, lower floor, except during Reading Break.

You may also drop off completed angels at these times.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Videa Fair Trade Fair, November 26, posters

We have all time slots covered with at least one person, but there are two times, 12 noon to 2 p.m, and 2 p.m to 4 p.m, that might need one more person each. If we have two people there at all times, it gives you a chance to wonder around to see all the exhibits.

Click on the title of this post, above to go to the Videa web site, with the poster for this event!

You can download the poster and handout here, by clicking on colour highlighted words.

If you can volunteer to sell angels at this exciting event, please let me know (reply to aids angels e-mail address),

Pierre Dil

Friday, September 30, 2011

Supply & Distribution Depot in Victoria

Linda Foley has kindly agreed to handle distribution of supplies and acceptance of completed angels. This will last into the fall until further notice.

Linda's phone number is 250-881-1536 and her address is 4310 Maltwood Lane (in the Broadmead/High Quadra area). map

Vic and Lorraine Parsons, the regular distributors, will be unavailable.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall Events

Here's a summary of the bigger events happening in Victoria this fall.
  • November 5, Saturday, 10 to 3: African AIDS Angels Open House at Swan Lake Nature House
  • November 26, Saturday: VIDEA Fair Trade Fair. See other posting for volunteer requests.
  • December 2-4, Friday eve. to Sunday: Angels at Hillside Mall kiosk
  • December 3, Saturday: Dickens Fair, James Bay Community School
  • November 22 -January 6: Angel tree at Empress Hotel, part of the BC Children's Hospital fund-raiser, entered by Mt. Douglas High School leadership group

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Videa Fair Trade Fair, Volunteers needed

African AIDS Angels will be selling angels at a table at the Videa Fair Trade fair, on November 26, 2011, from 10 am to 4 p.m. The location is Metropolitan First United Church Hall, 932 Balmoral Road, in Victoria.
We need volunteers (2 for each of time slots 10-12 noon, 12-2 pm, and 2-4 pm) to sell angels and be responsible for talking to the public about AAA.
This is a really fun event to volunteer for, and with two people available at the table you have ample time to spell each other offf and browse around the other exhibits. It is a great time to do some Christmas shopping.
Lee Ann and I will take the first time slot (10am to 12 noon) so we wil set-up the table.
The persons covering 2-4 pm will need to take down the display and pack up angels/supplies, to be returned to Pierre and Lee Ann Dil's house.
If you think you could assist with this, reply to the AAA gmail address, or leave a comment in reply to this on the blog! Thank you,
Pierre Dil

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Golden donations

With the high price of gold these days, it's well worth it to check any jewelry donations you have received. If an earring, brooch or chain is marked on the back at 10k, 18k, or 24k, you can turn it into a cash donation.

Recently a volunteer received $55 for two items at a jeweler/gold recycler. If you want the name of a shop in Victoria, send us an email.

Angels club at UVic

An angels club is forming at the University of Victoria.
If you're a student there or know a student who is interested in making angels, send an email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com. We'll put you in touch.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Angels and Quality Control

We're heading into the busy season for fund-raising and look forward to receiving your angels. Please take a moment to note a few points on quality control.
  • All parts should be secure. Hold the angel up, or hang it briefly to make sure all parts are fully attached.
  • The skirt seam should be fully glued, not flapping open.
  • The name tag should be attached with a single split piece of raffia which is soft, not stiff, and hanging about 3 to 4 inches down the back.
Angels are handled several times and packed in boxes, so they need to be well constructed with future handling and donors in mind.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Where to find angels

Angels will be available at these upcoming events in the Victoria area:
  • Sunday September 11 - Metchosin Fall Fair, Happy Valley Rd., Metchosin
  • Saturday September 17 and October 8 - Peninsula Country Market, Saanich Fairgrounds, Mt. Newton Cross Road, 9 am - 1 pm.
For angels at any time, consult the list of generous shops on our website.

We are always in need of more places to present angels. Please send an email if you have a small or large opportunity to add angels to an event.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

News from South African Projects

Following receipt of the second half of their 2011 allocation from African AIDS Angels, the people responsible for the South African progams sent reports and thanks:

Thembalethu (Assisi) orphanage
Sister Andrea, in charge of the children’s shelter, thanked the AAA volunteers for the funds sent in June. “You are the real angels. You have such special ways – a kind of magic touch. Your donation was highly appreciated, more than words can say. There is a world of special meaning in the words that comes your way.”

The head of the Outreach program, Sister Evarista, recently passed away and her place has been taken by a newly retired teacher.

The youngest child now at the shelter was born in March and abandoned by his mother in the hospital at Port Shepstone. “He is growing well and is spoiled by everyone.” Sister Fakazile is still helping the school-age children in their studies after the school day is finished. This has dramatically improved the children’s grades. The photo shows the children's playroom building.

There will be a change in the infrastructure at Thembalethu. The Sisters had originally found accommodation for the orphans in a wing of a former hospital. The South African government is requiring the construction of cottages which will be the homes for 6 to 8 children each. This has proven to be a better system overall but will stretch the resources of Thembalethu. The photo shows the former hospital.

St. Mary’s Hospital - Born to Live Program
Sheena Hardiman from the large hospital at Marianhill near Durban calls the AAA volunteers “stars” and thanks them all for the June contribution to the Born to Live program.

In the past year, she says, 964 mothers have gone through the antenatal classes. Forty-three per cent of those women were HIV-positive. “All of these mothers would have received treatment to prevent the unborn baby from getting HIV and the babies would receive the preventative drug at birth.”

“We have many more mothers giving birth at St. Mary’s who may not have been through the Born to Live program but come through referral clinics and are HIV positive. We give the mothers the preventative drug and to the baby at birth. These number 1908. Our statistics still show a 96 per cent success rate. These moms and babies remain in the program post-delivery until 18 months when the final blood test is taken to see if the baby is HIV negative.”

Sheena says one indication Born to Live is working is that fewer children are being admitted to hospital who are HIV positive at a very young age.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sunday August 7, Glendale Gardens

We are still looking for volunteers to staff a booth in Victoria for a couple of hours on

Sunday August 7, between 11 and 5,
especially at 5 pm.

You're welcome to sign up with a relative or friend if you prefer. Arts & Music at Glendale Gardens, (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific),505 Quayle Rd, accessible via Interurban or West Saanich Road. Artists will be working throughout the 9 acres of spectacular gardens. Location map.
Please send an email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com if you can help.

A big thanks to the great people who have been helping at sales this spring and summer: Fran, Barb, Lesley, Ruth, Nathan, Laura, Meaghan, LoraBeth, Brenda, Shawna, Erin, Elizabeth, Wynne, Terry, Kathie, Cathy, Barb, Marcia, and Brian.

Seeds for Malawi Garden Party

Click on the newsletter image to read about Seeds for Malawi's very successful garden party/fundraiser on Saltspring Island.
Use Control & + to increase the print size (Command & + on a Mac).

Their Mill Bay chapter also did very well at their plant sale. Congratulations to all the volunteers.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Malawi Photos

Some new photos received from Malawi. Shows recipients of agricultural assistance with their maize harvest which produces the staple food for the next year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Volunteer to help our fund-raising

Volunteers are needed for marketing angels. Please help with a few hours at a table in Victoria this summer. The next markets are:

Saturday July 16, James Bay Market, open from 9 am to 3 pm.

Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7, Arts & Music at Glendale Gardens (Horticulture Centre of the Pacific). Open 11 to 5 each day.
505 Quayle Rd, accessible via Interurban or West Saanich Road. Artists will be working throughout the 9 acres of spectacular gardens. Location map.

If you can spare a few hours to help, please send an email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com. Thanks!

AIDS Background

Some easy to read library books about people affected by AIDS in Africa:
  • Sizwe's test: a young man's journey through Africa's AIDS epidemic by Jonny Steinberg. One man's decision on whether to be tested for HIV guides a South African journalist as he learns about the ups and downs of AIDS treatment in a rural area.
  • Taking away the distance: a young orphan's journey and the AIDS epidemic in Africa by Miles Roston. An American documentary filmmaker meets an AIDS orphan in Kenya and over a few years the two explore what local leaders and the global community are doing about the epidemic.
  • 28: stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen. A Canadian journalist meets 28 people affected by AIDS in different parts of Africa, and tells their highly individual stories.
Or pick a country that interests you and read about the state of HIV/AIDS there on the website Avert.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

James Bay Market

Volunteers are still needed in Victoria for table at James Bay Market, Saturday June 18 at 9 am or 1 pm.

If you like to plan ahead, volunteers also needed for same market on Saturday July 16.

Send an email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com. Thanks!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Seeds for Malawi- Lunch in the Garden

Click on the title above for info on the Saturday June 4 garden party. Then check out the rest of Seeds for Malawi's web site.

Board of Directors 2011/12

The following people were elected to the board at the Annual General Meeting on May 26:

  • Vic Parsons
  • Pierre Dil
  • Carol Sherwood
  • Brian Price - joined the board in spring 2011
  • Meaghan Jantzi
  • Sandra Dennis (How), Laura How, Nathan How (shared position)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

James Bay Market

Angels will be available at the outdoor James Bay Saturday Market on two dates, June 18 and July 16. The location is the corner of Menzies and Superior Streets in James Bay.

If you can help by staffing a table, please send a email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com.
The shifts are:
  • 8:15 am - 10:30
  • 10:30 - 1 pm
  • 1 - 3:30 (or slightly earlier when takedown is complete).
If you do not have a preference for a time slot, that makes it easier for us. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to the
  • African AIDS Angels Annual General Meeting
  • Wednesday May 25
  • James Bay New Horizons
  • 234 Menzies St.
  • 7 pm
Annual report and election of board members.

Presentation by Nathan & Laura How, teenagers who visited the Makeni orphanage in Zambia with their parents. They have spoken at some schools and will share their views with us.

Cloth exchange: do you have some cloth or trim that's suitable for angels but you're tired of it? Bring it for the exchange table and take home something new. No Christmas patterns please.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Seeds for Malawi Website & News

Susan Evans of Seeds for Malawi on Salt Spring Island sent this item:
"Our big news this year is our website, www.seedsformalawi.org which we hope will become an effective fund-raising tool. In addition to information on Seeds for Malawi, it contains attractive catalogues of our fund-raising merchandise, which includes a wide variety of garden plants and quality locally-made gift items.
Join us on
  • Saturday June 4 – a fund-raising lunch in a gorgeous Salt Spring seaside garden. Plants and funky garden sculptures will be among the items for sale. Tickets $20."
This is good opportunity for an expedition to get some great plants and other well-made items in support of Seeds for Malawi. Check their web site for details. Advance tickets required: may be sold out.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Letter from Malawi

A student in Malawi wrote a letter to express her appreciation for having her school fees paid by Seeds for Malawi, via African AIDS Angels.
Click on the letter to enlarge it.

This photo shows some student recipients and their teachers.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Malawi Harvest

Delirah Phiri sent a brief note this week:
The rains here have been good and people are expecting a very good harvest here.
Some people have already started eating green maize or corn as you call it.
Hope you are fine. We are all fine here ..
Teddy , Gilda and Vincent send their regards.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Volunteers for Mother's Day Paint-In and Craft Fair

Sunday May 8, 2011

Royal Roads University in the beautiful Hatley Park National Historic Site

What do we need?
6 volunteers for three shifts of 2.5 hour to staff a sales/publicity table at the event

Times are
  1. 9.00-11.30
  2. 11.30-2.00
  3. 2.00-4.30

    If you can spare some time to help with this important fundraising and awareness event please e-mail the Volunteer Coordinator Brian Price at brianlprice@shaw.ca . Please advise any time preferences or restrictions that you have

    Thank you all very much

Sunday, March 06, 2011

St. Mary's Hospital, Marianhill

One of our recipients, the Born to Live program at St. Mary's Hospital, Marianhill, South Africa, included a short article about African AIDS Angels in its recent newsletter. Click on the title above to read the page. It says in part,
St. Mary’s would like to extend a very special thank you to these individuals - who we consider our angels – because they look out for our hospital and every child we care for.
The picture in the article is from the Ottawa group which started jointly with Victoria but now operates independently.

For more information about children at the hospital, but not the Born to Live program, click on the blue line at the top of the newsletter where it says Meet our Patients.

Thursday, February 24, 2011


The supply of costume jewelery, single earrings, and fancy buttons known as bling for angel decoration is running low.
Some people find it easy to collect from their choir, church or other community group.
If you have some to donate, please contact Vic Parsons by email lvparsons@shaw.ca or phone 250-472-6499. Thanks.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Help Wanted

We are looking for some specific volunteers in Victoria to increase the distribution of angels. Here are the brief job requirements:
  1. Find new small shops to carry a small rack of angels, especially in areas not already covered. Western Communities would be welcome. Oak Bay and James Bay have good coverage already. Venues include hairdressers and an immunization travel clinic: the current list is on our website. Other volunteers will supply the angels and collect money later if required.

  2. Research and contact new low-cost marketing venues for occasional tables like fairs and recreation centres.

  3. Store and distribute a small amount of angel-making supplies when Vic Parsons is out of town for a few weeks. Should be in one of the core municipalities.

  4. Store materials for occasional sale venues, including a Rubbermaid tub, fold-up table, signs, and a canopy which folds to smaller than a golf bag and has wheels. Should be in one of the core municipalities.
There are many components to making AIDS Angels work, so if you can help with one of these positions, we would really appreciate it.

Training, letters and brochures will be provided where needed. If you have any questions or want more details, please send an email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com. Thanks for assisting.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Executive Changes

Some Board of Directors members have recently changed their executive roles:

Vic Parsons is now Chair of the Board
Pierre Dil is Secretary
Carol Sherwood continues as Treasurer.

Carol Sherwood is also the new overall Coordinator following Mary Bomford's decrease in workload. Several other coordinators will be taking on parts of the AIDS Angels system. You can always contact us by email africanaidsangels@gmail.com.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Makeni Extension work report

Please click on the title (above) to see latest Zambia report on Agricultural extension work funded by AAA.

Makeni Newsletter

Please click on title (above) to see Makeni centre's latest newsletter, from Zambia

Letter from Makeni orphan who is now a teacher

Makeni Ecumenical centre

Po box 50255,

Lusaka, Zambia.

23 December 2010.

Dear friends of Makeni,

I am very happy to write to you. I hope this letter finds you in good health and if so, may the name of our Lord Jesus be praised, because you are indeed good people who deserve every goodness from God.

I write to you to say thank you very much for your moral, emotional, spiritual and financial support that you gave me throughout my life. You truly have a heart to serve human kind, most especially the orphans. I pray that God will continue to bless you so that my remaining brothers and sisters at St. Nicholas Home will be able to receive the support I received all round from grade six up to the time that I have now become a teacher. Without your help all would have not been possible. I pray that in the near future I will open my own school where I will be of help to the under-privileged through education, as it is the key to success and of course good moral behaviour.

There were times in life I just felt like my whole world is gone. But your love towards us always kept me realise that, there are people in this world who care about us even though they are very far away. Your support towards me and every child at St. Nicholas Children’s Home is very important because it goes beyond what our parents and guardians would have offered. Your support is surely the greatest thing I have received in this world. I will continue thanking you and pray for you everyday as long as I live.

There are many orphans who have dropped out of school because of financial difficulties. Thank God that I have not been a victim of such. The reason why this has happened to me……….??? Definitely, …… the answer is because you have played a role of a parent in my life and made sure that I attained the required education. I am currently waiting for my Teacher’s Certificate and it appears MEC wants to retain me as a Teacher at the Centre for now.

I really don’t know how to thank you because am ever short of words whenever I think of the wonders that you the friends of Makeni are doing for us and other people around the world. May God bless the works of your hands. Zikomo kwambiri. {thank you very much} once again.

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Yours with a lots of love,

Bertha Kabwe

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Mary Bomford

At the end of 2010, Mary Bomford stepped down as coordinator and Board chair of African AIDS Angels for health reasons. She will continue to be involved, but not to the same degree.

Mary has devoted a tremendous amount of time for more than 6 years to building a successful organization. She has inspired many others to become involved. Everyone appreciated Mary's openness, her commitment and her good humour.

Operations will continue as before, with the Board of Directors making adjustments to roles. If you have any queries or needs, please send an email to africanaidsangels@gmail.com and you will receive a prompt reply.