'Tis the season to be jolly and eat too many cookies and procrastinate sending out your holiday cards until July 4th (or is that just me?). 'Tis also the season to show your kids what the real spirit of the season is about, so I'm participating in the ONE campaign's 12 Days of Change—12 simple actions anyone can take to give back in their own community and help people in other countries. A bunch of bloggers joined in, and above is mine and Max's contribution.
It's for the (2015)QUILT, a social media initiative that aims to bring together people from all over the world to express their support for the fight against AIDS—and the goal of having the first AIDS-free generation by 2015. This is panel #29,080, with colors chosen by Max.
The quilt launched on December 1, World Aids Day. The afternoon before I went to a taping of a Jon Stewart show and got to hear Bono, founder of The ONE Campaign and RED, talking about the awesome work they do (I know, Bono and Jon Stewart: too much sexiness in one room). The (2015)QUILT was inspired by the famed AIDS Memorial Quilt. Non-crafty types, remain calm: making a panel is digital, easy and fun. Before uploading it, you're asked to pledge support for making an AIDS-free generation happen. Max will be in excellent company as people including Ellen DeGeneres, The Black Eyed Peas, Tom Brady and Sean Paul are going to be part of the quilt.
We're at a tipping point in preventing AIDS: with more effective treatment and prevention programs, we could prevent babies from being born from HIV, keep more people alive, and reduce the number of infections. As Michael Elliott, president and CEO of One says, "After 30 years and 30 million funerals, we have the potential to finally turn the tide on AIDS."
Please, take a few minutes and make a panel—one simple way to do good this season.