World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people to unite globally in the fight against HIV and AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV / AIDS and to commemorate people who have died from the disease.

Relate bracelets is currently partnered with four causes that are making a positive difference in the lives of those living with and / or those who have been affected by HIV / AIDS. These causes include (RED), Ikamva Labantu HIV/AIDS Programmes, Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA), and the Clicks Helping Hands Trust.   Each Relate bracelets also helps uplift local communities through the creation of earning opportunities, skills training and enterprise development initiatives.

(RED) and ONE

(RED) was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage millions of people in the greatest challenge of our time – the fight to end AIDS in Africa.(RED) works with the world’s most iconic brands and organizations to develop (RED)-branded products and services, that when purchased, trigger corporate giving to the Global Fund.

These contributions are then invested in HIV/AIDS programs in Africa, with a focus on countries with high prevalence of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Their manifesto states “Every Generation is known for something. Let’s be the one to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION.” Check out this story about Motselisi who was born HIV positive, with (RED)’s support and anti-retroviral medication you can see the difference that can be made. (RED) cause bracelets are available online here.

 

Ikamva Labantu HIV / AIDS Programmes

Ikamva Labantu supports local communities by promoting and educating caregivers and their beneficiaries about health-conscious behaviour, disease prevention and the vital role of nutrition even with limited means.

kamva Labantu HIV and AIDS education, testing and support programmes are based in local township communities. These health projects work with community leaders, teachers, parents, caregivers and families on preventative health care focusing on physical and mental well-being specifically with regards to HIV/AIDS. Ikamva Labantu cause bracelets are available from select Old Khaki stores nationwide.

 

Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA)

PATA’s Child-Friendly Clinic Initiative aims to uplift PATA network health facilities across sub-Saharan Africa. They promote models of care that address the clinical and psychosocial well-being of HIV-positive children and adolescents, offering equitable, integrated and patient-centred services.

A child-friendly environment is a protected space where a child feels both physically and emotionally secure. Funds raised through the sale of Relate bracelets are used purely for the child-friendly clinic upgrades to create environments that help to reduce the fear, anxiety and distress often associated with HIV clinic visits. In having positive associations with HIV clinics, children are more likely to adhere to their anti-retroviral treatment regimen, and return to the clinic for scheduled appointments. PATA cause bracelets are available from select YDE stores nationwide or you can also choose PATA as a beneficiary when you buy Relate Signature bracelets online.

 

Clicks Helping Hands Trust

The Clicks Helping Hand Trust has recently launched a bracelet that raises funds in order to provide free HIV testing and TB screening to disadvantaged South Africans, without medical aid, every Thursday afternoon. For every Relate bracelet purchased, a free HIV test can be made. Clicks Helping Hand Trust cause bracelets are available from select Clicks stores nationwide.

World AIDS Day is an annual landmark for people around the world to remember the issue and to engage with helping the cause – however you and others can participate in helping raise awareness and funds for this global epidemic throughout the year by buying Relate (RED), Ikamva Labantu, PATA and Clicks Helping Hands Trust cause bracelets.

Show others that you are supporting people living with HIV / AIDS and people who have been affected by the disease. To order Relate bracelets please visit our online shop.