WVU students seek donations for Caritas
Local health organizations collecting in honor of World AIDS Day
West Virginia University students are pairing with Caritas, Inc., a local AIDS service organization, to provide monetary donations and personal care items to North Central West Virginians with HIV/AIDS.

A silent auction and raffle to raise money for Caritas and WVU Student Health Advisory Board (SHAB) HIV outreach programs will take place at the WVU Health Science Center Cafeteria from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 and Friday, Nov. 30.  The event is hosted by the WVU Student Health Service’s Health Promotion Program, SHAB, and the West Virginia Coalition for Minority Health.  

West Virginia artisans donated items for the auction, which include a variety of woodcrafts and framed paintings.  The auction proceeds will be divided equally between Caritas and HIV education and prevention efforts at WVU.

Students and community members are encouraged to bring donations of personal care items, non-perishable foods, laundry detergents and household cleaning supplies to the event. 

Students and faculty on the downtown campus are asked to bring their donations to the World AIDS Day booth located in front of Hatfield’s at the WVU Mountainlair.  Students will collect donations and provide individuals the opportunity to pledge their commitment to educate themselves and others about the severity of AIDS.   

In 1988, the United Nations and World Health Organization declared Dec. 1 ”World AIDS Day” in response to growing international concern of the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS. Since then, WVU has hosted campus and community World AIDS Day activities.

This year’s theme “Take the Lead: Get Involved,” encourages people throughout the world to become active in the fight against AIDS.

 SHAB representative Sawan Prabhu, sophomore biology major, shows a silent auction print to nursing students (L-R) Katelin Jackfert and Rachel Evans.

“Approximately 33.2 million cases of HIV exist worldwide,” WVU Student Health Advisory Board President Allison Sutherland, senior biology major, said.  “Since 1981, 25 million people have died of AIDS - 380,000 of them were children.  If nothing is done, it’s estimated more than a million children will die by 2010.  As a community we can make a difference through education and prevention efforts.”

To commemorate this year’s theme, the WVU community encourages citizens to help promote universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support.

For more information contact the WVU Student Health Service’s Health Promotion Program at (304) 293-6584.

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For more information:
Cassie Waugh, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
cw: 11-29-07

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