Item 1080 - Message for SOS Village fund raising for HIV/Aids programme

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ZA COM MR-S-1080


Message for SOS Village fund raising for HIV/Aids programme


  • September 2001 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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SOS Village Fundraising for HIV/AIDS project

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The F W De Klerk Foundation supports SOS Children's Village of South Africa. Mandela was approached by Elita de Klerk for the message.

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HIV/AIDS is a danger to all of our people - young and old, rich and poor, men and women, those in the cities and those in the countryside.

HIVAIDS is the greatest danger we have faced for many, many centuries.

HIV/AIDS is worse than a war. It is like a world war. Millions of people are dying from it. As we speak now, there are thousands of people dying from it this moment.

But this war can be won. This is one war where each one of us can make a difference.

This effort to raise funds for the SOS Villages in order to provide and care for destitute children infected by HIV/AIDS is a most praiseworthy contribution to that combined fight. There is nothing more terrible than to see children suffering and our hearts go out especially to those infected by HIV/AIDS. As in all wars, they - the children - are the innocent victims that bear the brunt of the suffering.

An evening like this also importantly helps to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. One of the greatest enemies in this battle is ignorance and denial. Any opportunity at raising awareness should be utilised, and we commend the organisers for their efforts.

Together we can win this war.

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Acquisition method: From hard drive ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation Prof J Gerwel. Accessioned on 17/03/09 by Razia Saleh




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