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Our Campaign Storyends 09 Oct 2021, 11:59 PM
I don't normally celebrate my birthday, but I thought I'd make it a little more special this year by using the occasion to reach out to others and ask for their support in helping an organisation I strongly believe in.
I chose AFA for a couple of reasons. One, it doesn't have any religious affiliations. Two, it supports some of the most vulnerable groups in society. Three, its outreach efforts equip people with information about a subject which is still (and unfortunately) very much taboo in society, even though it is very important knowledge to have. But most importantly, I have volunteered with them, so I have an idea of how the money raised will be used, and I have every confidence that it be put to good use and will not be mismanaged.
Now that that's over with, on to the fun part! Besides raising funds for charity, I'm also using this campaign as a way to force myself to: complete tasks that I've been procrastinating on for months, and do things I've always hated to do as a way of broadening my outlook on life. I'm welcoming everyone to join me on this journey, which I hope will provide a lot of much needed entertainment in these trying times.
For more information on the campaign, you can access my blog for the fundraiser at https://www.kukalako.com/kukalafundraiser
About The Charity
In South and South-East Asia, an estimated 4 million people were living with HIV in 2011. Singapore's prevalence rate is considered low compared to other country in the region. We intend to keep it that way through outreach and education.
We do not want to see another young person get infected due to lack of necessary knowledge. We do not want to another child born with HIV due to lack of information. We do not want to see another late diagnosed patient due to avoiding stigma. We do not want another person living with HIV skip medication due to fear of disclosure. We do not want another person lost their job due to ignorance and discrimination. Above all, we do not want to see another death caused by HIVAIDS or related stigma and discrimination.
This Epidemic is preventable. New infections and death are avoidable. We have immense knowledge about how the disease is transmitted and the existence of resources such as condoms that prevent transmission and anti-retro-viral drugs which prolong lives and reduce infections to partners. This epidemic continued to be fueled by stigma surrounding HIVAIDS and ignorance. It creates a culture of secrecy, silence, ignorance, blame, shame and victimization. Many of those who are infected keep their status a secret and those who are uninfected continue to believe that it cant happen to them.