LONDON, Tuesday November 3rd 2015 –
Acclaimed singer, songwriter, campaigner, and activist, Annie Lennox, will host and perform at an exclusive mothers2mothers event. Funds raised from the evening will support the charity’s vital work in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and create health and hope for mothers, their families, and communities.
The intimate event launched the 15th
Anniversary of mothers2mothers, and is the charity‘s third major London fundraiser. It was held at the stunning venue, One Marylebone.
Ms. Lennox, whose internationally-renowned music career and tireless charity work has been widely recognised and honoured, will treat guests to a special, live performance. Joining Ms. Lennox to co-host the event will be acclaimed actor Hugh Bonneville, and Scottish journalist and BBC Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark. Also speaking at the event will be special guest Nalumu Vivien Juliet, who will be travelling to the United Kingdom from Uganda where she is employed by mothers2mothers as a Mentor Mother. Juliet will share her inspirational story of how she overcame tremendous challenges after testing HIV positive while pregnant, and is now helping other HIV-positive mothers in similar situations find the strength to access treatment critical to protecting their babies from HIV infection and keeping themselves healthy.
Speaking of her longstanding involvement in the event and charity, Ms. Lennox remarked, “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be able to contribute to the lifesaving work of mothers2mothers that has transformed the lives of 1.3 million HIV positive women across nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa. With their visionary and innovative Mentor Mother Model, their methodology has become the gold standard for the education and support of mothers living with HIV. With one in three pregnant women living with HIV in Southern Africa, their work is still absolutely imperative.”
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African-based not-for-profit organisation, trusted partner and implementer, at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy futures for mothers, their families, and communities. m2m‘s peer-based Mentor Mother Model has been proven to achieve better health outcomes and reduce mother-to-child transmission rates, while also creating significant savings through averted HIV treatment costs. Since its founding in 2001, m2m has reached more than 1.3 million HIV-positive mothers in nine countries, and its model has been identified by the United Nations as a key strategy in eliminating paediatric AIDS and promoting healthy motherhood. Learn more at www.m2m.org or follow mothers2mothers on Instagram (@mothers2mothers), Facebook (@mothers2mothers) or on Twitter (@m2mtweets.)
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