Let’s wrap up Give a Day 2011 with 11 outstanding reasons to give. Follow these links to read on…
Reason #11 GIVE For the 34 million people living with HIV
HIV is treatable and preventable. No one should die because of AIDS. Give a Day donations help work toward a world without AIDS.
Reason #10 GIVE As an expression of our united will
Dr Danyaal Raza describes the power of the combined voice of those who give. It is about more than the money. Dr Raza reviews our need to speak up on the topic of HIV/AIDS “to effect lasting change at a time when the fight against HIV/AIDS is at a turning point.”
Reason #9 GIVE To eliminate new HIV infections among children by 2015
11-year-old Nigerian Ebube Sylvia Taylor, writes “No child should be born with HIV; no child should be an orphan because of HIV; no child should die due to lack of access to treatment.” Through support of community-based responses to HIV, Give a Day donations will help realize this essential goal.
Reason #8 GIVE To promote awareness and decrease stigma associated with HIV
Give a Day is a learning organization. There is always more to learn about HIV. The more we learn, the less we can be confused and misled by stereotypes and stigma. Learning together opens our minds to see life from new perspectives and can help us to care for one another more effectively.
Reason #7 GIVE Because millions need antiretroviral treatment NOW!
Dr Tim O’Shea describes his work in Uganda and describes the contrast between impressive progress in the distribution of life-saving ARV treatment and the remaining reality of millions who still lack treatment “largely for the lack of funds.”
Reason #6 GIVE To support innovative action-oriented HIV research
Smart research is one of the reasons community-based HIV programs become more effective every year to enhance treatment and prevention.
Reason #5 GIVE To light a fire
Give a Day is about even more than giving and learning. A good education leads to action. William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet (and later politician), said “Education is not filling a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” We want to light a fire through Give a Day. We want that fire to burn brightly, to show a vision of a new and better future for the people and places affected by HIV.
Reason #4 GIVE To demonstrate a spirit of solidarity
If you look through the Give a Day blog posts, you see people from many sectors of society who have joined in the effort. Here are young lawyers in Ottawa showing that they care and challenging their peers to give generously.
Reason #3 GIVE To maintain hope for a better world
Hundreds of high school students became involved with the Give a Day campaign this year, through not-so-trivial contests, speeches, donation-drives and ribbons of hope. Young people are inherently hopeful. May their hopes be realized for a better and healthier world.
Reason #2 GIVE To work toward a world without AIDS
Dr Winnie Siu reminds us that “an AIDS-free world will one day be achieved through – and only through – the synergy of our collective contributions.”
Reason #1 GIVE Because life slips away
The number one reason we press on is because everyone deserves the opportunity for a long, healthy and meaningful life.
Today is the last day of 2011. Martha Nussbaum says “The pursuit of a dream requires dreamers: educated minds that can think critically about alternatives and imagine an ambitious goal.” Our ambitious goal is a world without AIDS. If you have not already done so, please give one day’s pay today to make this dream come true.