Featured Holiday: World AIDS Day

A Gift Within A Card features a specific holiday each week and our feature this week is World AIDS Day.

World AIDS Day, December 1, 2006, theme is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise”.  The Worlds AIDS Campaign organization selected this theme as an appeal to government and health authorities with a focus for them to meet the many targets that have been set in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Quoted from AVERT’s (an international HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK, with the aim of AVERTing HIV and AIDS worldwide) web site.

“According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 39.5 million people living with HIV, including 2.3 million children, and during 2006 some 4.3 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.”

Not sure if you remember our tips for sending cards as it relates to Awarness Months.  But these same tips apply for this day.  Here they are as a refresher and encouragement on how you can make a difference on this day.

1. Sending someone that is associated with a particular awareness a thinking of you themed card. Let’s say you know someone who is either a Breast Cancer patient or survivor, you can show them how much they mean to you by having a card with an inspirational quote. If you look at this from the Paying It Forward mindset — sending a random patient/survivor a card will truly be a source of encouragement! Break up the moments of pain and suffering with a ray of hope just with a few words.2. Make people knowledgable of a particular Awareness of the Month. This is especially true of the health related awareness months for your card could be a reminder for someone to get a check-up on their life/health! Think about how many women have survived breast cancer because they got a reminder for getting their Mammogram! Wouldn’t that be awesome knowing your card saved someone’s life! NOTE: As this relates to AIDS encourage people to have safe sex!  Put a condom with the card.

3. Acknowledge someones practices/cultures. Not every awareness of a month is health related. So a card can let someone know that you accept them for who they are!! So sending a card themed around a particular awareness will allow someone know you respect them which over time ends the negativity in our society. An example would be to send an spiritual/religous themed card to a clergyman/minster this month just to celebrate their practice and responsibilities.

AIDS and HIV are taking over our world just like Cancer.  Please take time to support this day and cause wear RED today.  And become active.  Here are some resources:

http://www.avert.org/worldaid.htm

http://www.joinred.com/

http://www.bet.com/Site+Management/WorldAIDSDay2006.htm?wbc_purpose=Basic&WBCMODE=PresentationUnpublished

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