Today, I am talking about my contribution to Big Society and a charity that is very dear to my heart - CRUSAID.
For over 24 years, Crusaid has helped adults and children affected by HIV and AIDS and living in poverty, in the UK and internationally. Their vision is a world where people living with HIV and AIDS can live with dignity and have a decent quality of life, whatever their circumstances.
Crusaid was founded in 1986 in response to the worsening levels of poverty and stigma attached to HIV and AIDS. Over the last 20 years they dispersed over 50,000 grants to people living with HIV and AIDS in the UK. The Crusaid Hardship Fund has provided financial support to 1 in 3 people living in poverty affected by HIV and AIDS here in the UK. With around 70,000 HIV positive people in the UK, and an incredible 33 million people living with HIV and AIDS internationally, Crusaid is needed now more than ever.
Crusaid's main fundraising event of the year is their Walk For Life. I have done it twice so far in 2008 and 2009. I have raised over £1000 for them across the two years. Crusaid have just recently confirmed that this year’s Walk For Life will take place on Sunday 5th June 2011. The Walk For Life is one of the largest expressions of public support for HIV and AIDS in the UK, thanks to the dedication and energy of all those who take part. Crusaid are working hard to ensure that the Walk For Life continues not only to raise vital funds in these cash-strapped times, but also to help keep HIV on the national agenda. They can only do this with our help. Plans for this year’s Walk are going well, and they hope to bring us a few surprises in addition to the usual, amazing celebration of life, courage and determination. I will be doing my bit for Big Society on Sunday 5 June 2011 by doing the Walk For Life. If anyone wants to join me they are more than welcome.
Walk For Life is here:
Crusaid merged with the Terrence Higgins Trust on 11 June 2010. Together they can provide even greater support for people living with HIV. Now more than ever people living with HIV need our help. By joining the resources of Crusaid and the Terrence Higgins Trust they are able to reach more people than ever before. The merger has preserved the vital Hardship Fund to ensure that people with HIV who are living in poverty have the ongoing support they urgently need.
Crusaid and the Terrence Higgins Trust help people living with HIV and AIDS in the UK and Africa. I am passionate about their work. I will be there for them on Sunday 5 June 2011. Why don't you join me?