The initiative has been launched by World Vision Ambassador, Sigrid Thornton, on the eve of World AIDS Day as part of a broader campaign to raise awareness of the pandemic’s impact on communities around the world.
Ms Thornton says she does not think economic concerns such as rising home interest rates will affect the renowned generosity of Australians in contributing to the program.
“Indeed I think when people are suffering more difficult times themselves, and more constrained economic times they can even become more generous, they have more empathy with others who are needy in the world, and i think that can be of great benefit to programs like this, so I think if everybody gives a little bit there’s a massive trickle down effect that everybody can contribute to.”
An HIV-AIDS activist from Soweto in South Africa who is living with HIV, Angie Diale, says by targeting money at the welfare of children ensures there are flow on benefits for their parents and other in their communities.
“If you sponsor a child what goes for the child would also go for the community as well because from the sponsorship you are able to bring the community on board like getting parents involved in income generating projects, care and support programs on the whole base care so that also strengthens the parents to be able get up and feel much better and to be able to prolong their lives and look after their children for much longer and empower them and give them back skills.”
People can find out more about helping children in HIV-AIDS affected communities by contacting World Vision on 13 32 40.