World AIDS Day 2009 - Charity Art Project
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WORLD AIDS DAY 2009 Project

World AIDS Day 2009 will be held December 1, 2009. The theme this year is "Universal Access and Human Rights".

Fight AIDS Stamp by Wind-Up-Doll

From the AVERT web site:

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35.

Around 95% of people with HIV and AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.


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I invite you to take part in a project that I am hosting in honor of World AIDS Day 2009. Why am I hosting this? It is near and dear to my heart.

My uncle was told he was HIV+ in 1990, and lived for 6 years after being told this. He died in June 1996, two months after my wedding. He had attended my wedding but was very sick, and two months later almost to the day he walked himself into a hospital, and never walked out. I didn't get to see him before he died, my wedding was the last time I saw him alive. I can't even begin to tell you how much my uncle meant to me, he was an ever present part of my life since I was a child, and it devastated me to lose him to AIDS. Of course officially they wrote he died of pneumonia, and listed AIDS second or third on the death certificate, but AIDS is what killed this very good and beautiful man.

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This is a photo taken of me and my uncle at my wedding, the last time I saw him alive.

I have always been too broken up about losing him to do anything in his memory publicly, though I did name my first son after him in memory. I've lost friends because I have had someone die of AIDS in my family. People thought I should keep it quiet. But I am a stronger woman today than I've ever been and it is time for me to lend my support to AIDS research to help someone else's beloved uncle, or anyone else, to find the cure for this killer disease.

The above quote from AVERT says 95% of people with AIDS live in developing nations, but this was not a fact in the 90's and I know many that died of AIDS including my beloved uncle. I do this in his memory, RIP Jimmy Ray McClure Jones.

THE PROJECT - AIDS Charity Book

I have been a member of deviantART for over five years and I am constantly overwhelmed by the amount of talent on this site. It is heartwarming and challenges me each and every day to be better. What I would like to do is to ask you, the amazing artists of dA, to submit whatever you do best - whether it be traditional art, digital art, photography, photomanipulation, prose or poetry - and let me compile a charity book whose proceeds will go directly to AVERT, an international AIDS charity (find them here: www.avert.org/aids-hiv-charity…). Depending on how many participate, I will choose the submissions to be included in the book.

:thumb38637058:

Your piece of art (and yes I consider literature to be art as well) should follow the theme of World AIDS Day - or be somehow related to AIDS. Red ribbons are beautiful things. Your creativity is a must, whether it is simple or more involved.

Do a search for AIDS on dA and you'll find a lot of inspiration: browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&sec…

Here's a few to inspire you:

fight AIDS by FaMz :thumb87412744: AIDS poster by undeziner AIDS by LilyMachine Fight aids by Maleda :thumb137924405: AIDS will be nexti'm trying to find the cure
to cancer; i think it might be easier.
i'm searching all the tight spots
and places, asking all the seers
and learned men, pondering and
meditating nights long for my answer;
this thing, love and all sorts of
attachments hooked with it,
how to obtain it.
the sky told me to look towards the
sea. the sea told me the moon told him
what to do. the moon bashfully said it
was the sun. the sun smiled long at
me and I learned nothing - nearly burned
my eyes out.
i'm trying to find the cure
to cancer.
a weathervane sat perched atop
a old barn, spinning wildly in autumn's
crisp air. metallic rooster looked confused
as i was, getting leads and coming back
full circle to another questionable
lead to spin, spin again.
a man walked by, saw my stare at
the contraption, asked what it was i
was after. told him, he laughed; said
he found it easier to make a perpetual
motion machine years ago than attempt
that quandary. held my head low -
a head on my shoulder late nights was

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Aids contest by PookiePony


Project Guidelines

:bulletred: Start Date: October 1, 2009
:bulletred: End Date: December 1, 2009 - World AIDS Day
:bulletred: Art must be about in some way, shape or form AIDS
:bulletred: Mediums that will be accepted include traditional art, digital art, photography, photomanipulation and short literature
:bulletred: Send thumbs to druideye in a note to be collected
:bulletred: Label note "AIDS Submission"  IMPORTANT
:bulletred: No limit on submissions
:bulletred: Entry does not have to be new, but new art is encouraged
:bulletred: I will choose which submissions will be included in the full color book
:bulletred: Everyone will be given the opportunity to purchase the full color book whose proceeds will go to AVERT, an international AIDS charity. I will not take ANY proceeds for myself for hosting and putting this together.
:bulletred: I will keep an up to date list on my journals of how much is being donated to AVERT.
- I will be having a contest for the front cover of the book, the winner will receive a free copy of the book.

If you have any questions or would like to contact me, feel free to do so at druideye.

THANK YOU for taking the time to read my story and about this project, and please take a little more time to make an entry (or seven!) and submit. I also would LOVE LOVE LOVE :heart: for you to advertise this project in your journals and in your clubs and communities.

Pamela
druideye

Please give love to the makers of the great stamps I've used in this article.

I love you and miss you deeply, Uncle Bebo.
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hermaphroditos's avatar
It is really meaningful to me, unfortunately... =(

Everyone should talk about it and be aware and most important be humanity to the ones who are unlucky infected by this horror...that horrible poison...

Your news really touches deeply dear dArtist... :sadangel:


Thanks so much for being supportive to this campain.

:iconflowerdropplz::thanks::iconflowerdropplz::thanks::iconflowerdropplz:

Geneviève.
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MumboJumbow's avatar
I'm really sorry to hear your uncle's story.. Someone I know's mother also has it, very sad.. I'll be more than happy to join this project, I hope I help you out here :)
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164-eXist's avatar
RIP :(
& done it ;)
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ShocolatenKind|Student Traditional Artist
I added your contest to my promoting dA contests journal entry [link] .Good luck! :dalove:
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ShocolatenKind|Student Traditional Artist
I've also added your contest to my news report : [link]
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Moyashi-chan|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. My submission may not be wholly to the theme though....
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bekamonster|Professional Digital Artist
There is actually a cure for AIDS already discovered, we just haven't discovered how to make it available to the public.
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Pentoculus|Professional General Artist
Actually, there are reports of potential cures for the HIV virus itself, which in time can cause AIDS, though until such treatments are made available to the public, one can only chalk it up to speculation. Once one has contracted AIDS, as of yet, there is no cure. If you are referring to the case of AIDS being cured via bone marrow transplant, there isn't enough evidence backing it up, to say it is true. The man was actually undergoing treatment for leukemia, who also had AIDS, and has been healthy now, for some 20 months or more, however, only time will tell. It could be the treatment simply allowed his condition to become dormant or it could be a one time fluke. Additionally, it may be, that he actually had HIV, but not AIDS yet. If this is the case, and they have a cure for HIV, brilliant, but this still will not help those, who already have full blown AIDS. Additional research needs to be done, and trials need to be started to verify bone marrow transplant as a viable treatment. Something slightly off topic, Scientists have recently announced, the possibility of using the HIV virus in gene therapy, to deliver healthy genetic code to folks suffering from various conditions (by first stripping out the part of the virus that would cause HIV). A team led by Dr. Patrick Aubourg of the University of Paris-Descartes are working on a treatment for ALD (adrenoleukodystrohpy).
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bekamonster|Professional Digital Artist
The line between HIV and AIDS is just a notch on a meter. When treating the cause of AIDS, yes this would seem ineffective at helping those with "full blown" AIDS, but treating HIV is NOT treating the cause, it is in fact treating the condition. The "cure" I'm talking about is not speculation, it has been used numerous times to treat numerous test subject and all have actually made a full and complete recovery. The reason that it isn't available to the public is that it is the kind of cure that needs to be tailored to the individual, and currently this costs alot of money, and alot of time. Hopefully soon we will find a common treatment that works for everyone, and can mass produce it.
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Pentoculus|Professional General Artist
I'd love to read articles on this cure... care to share?
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Pentoculus|Professional General Artist
The article can be read here: [link] He transplanted marrow from a donor with the Delta-32 mutation. Unfortunately, this is a very rare mutation, which would make such a treatment available on a long wait list, which would not be a plausible treatment for masses. Perhaps, after all is studied and repeated successfully, scientists will find a better treatment based off of these findings. We can all hope.
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Pchoberry|Student General Artist
i'll try my best~!♥
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Kage-chan84's avatar
I love the concept. I hope you'll get lots of wonderful entries. I've recently lost my uncle as well, though not to aids, but to cancer. I wish you the best of luck with this project and hope it will help you cope with your loss.
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I've got an idea for this inspired by one of the world aids foundation's commercials here in Holland. I just hope I can pull it off because I need a lot of work on my proportioning and I'm no top artist like some around here are because I have little to no time to actually try and practice much.
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axhealingxheart|Hobbyist Photographer
What an awesome idea! I hope you feel very proud for doing it:D. I'll try to see if I can think of something to add:)
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druideye|Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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axhealingxheart|Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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anna-becca7's avatar
I'm definitely going to do something for this.
Red ribbons are fun to draw,
but that's just a bonus.
I hope our contributions help towards a greater good in the world :)
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druideye|Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to seeing your entry/s!
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magikalmaiNtenance's avatar
this is such a wonderful idea. you win at life <3 im totally entering something for this. i really admire you fr hosting something like this. (:
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druideye|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I can't wait to see your entry!
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ithinkmynameisREE|Hobbyist Photographer
hey we've won a contest with the same theme at a music video festival here in the Philippines! if you want to check it out go to: [link]

the song is tagalog but i know language is never a hindrance to spread the word of awareness.
^^ goodluck to your project!
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