29 November 2010
Annie Lennox has joined forces with the British Red Cross to highlight the lives of people affected by HIV in South Africa.
To mark World AIDS Day (1 December), Annie narrates an online video showing some of the people the Red Cross is helping in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.
Featuring emotional interviews with people living with HIV, the video shows the difference the Red Cross is making to people’s lives.
Red Cross programmes in the region help prevent further HIV and TB infections, reduce stigma and discrimination, and improve the quality of care, treatment and support.
By the end of 2011, the Red Cross will support 14,000 people in South Africa living with HIV and 14,000 orphans and vulnerable children.
The South African Red Cross Society has received additional support for HIV programmes in Kwa-Zulu Natal through the Red Cross' partnership with Land Rover.
Red Cross staff and volunteers will also mark World AIDS Day at local events around the country, including street events in Leeds, school sessions in Manchester and an event at Sheffield University.
A two-week programme of school workshops and assemblies in Liverpool also culminates this week, reaching thousands of young people with information about HIV.
Candles in the shape of a World AIDS Day ribbon will be lit at 13 locations in the south-east. Birmingham will host a free concert and a red lantern procession, while there will be a flashmob in Inverness for around 100 young people who will form a giant red cross and then change into the shape of a red ribbon.
Watch more Red Cross videos