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World AIDS Day

Red ribbonCall me slow, but I didn’t know until I spotted the ribbon-sellers in Collins St this morning that it’s World AIDS Day today.

There are various causes out there with varying degrees of deservedness (is there a better word to use there?). Some of those that put highway collectors out on weekends in particular I’ve never heard of, and won’t give money to. They’re probably doing good work, but how do I know? My charity dollars go to proven “brands”.

And there are various adoptions of ribbons of various colours. There are so many now that I can’t remember what they’re all for. Yellow… white… blue… what are they again?

But the red ribbon of World AIDS Day is the memorable one, and definitely worthy. I’ve got a red ribbon. Have you?

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

3 replies on “World AIDS Day”

No – no red ribbon yet (and probably a bit late now). But I have asked for (for xmas) a productred iPod which, as I understand it, has a part of it’s profit margin pre-allocated to AIDS medicine for South Africa in particular.

I agree that I like to make sure my charity dollars are useful and I generally stick to known brands. I particularly support military type charities (Legacy for example) because it is one of the few things I can do to show my appreciation for those that put their lives on the line for me (including my father, a WW2 vet).

thanks for pointing out that it’s AIDS day.
didn’t know today was the day for a Red ribbon, nor have I seen anyone in the city or on the train wearing a ribbon.
No, I won’t get one (“I gave at the office”…)

Many thanks Daniel for raising this issue – I write this as I watch the ABC’s doco about AIDS in Sydney. Having a bit or a cry about the loss of so many and so much; but so impressed by the resolve of so many, including the government, to fight against prejudice and ignorance.

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