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Desert AIDS Project - www.desertaidsproject.org

Press Release

100 Women of D.A.P. to mark National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
on Tuesday, March 10
from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

PALM SPRINGS, CA, February 20, 2015 - Everyone is invited to hear a bit of “Generation Y” perspective from HIV activist and author, Paige Rawl, at a free event at the Sinatra Auditorium at Desert Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, March 10, beginning at 5:00 PM.

Following a brief reception and a feature of jewelry crafted by Same Sky artisans – sub-Saharan women whose villages have been deeply affected by HIV/AIDS – Ms. Rawl will take the podium at 5:30. HIV-positive since birth, she never felt defined by her illness until she “came out” with her status and was relentlessly bullied. Paige shared her experience in her book "Ä Positive Memoir."

“As a fellow Millennial – or ‘Gen Y-er’ – I’m so happy that we were able to secure Paige to speak at our event,” said Erin Scott, who is the new co-chair of 100 Women, the Desert AIDS Project donor program that benefits women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. “Contrary to what lots of people think, people our age are deeply involved in social justice issues and want to help make a difference in the world.”

Ms. Scott has her work cut out for her, as she looks to her 100 Women co-chair, Terri Ketover, who is also on the board of directors at D.A.P. and received the 100 Women Award for 2014 at last year’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. The honor came in recognition of Ms. Ketover tripling the ranks of 100 Women donors in her first year chairing the committee.

“I know that Erin is going to do a wonderful job and is already off to a great start in helping this important program that does so much good,” said Ketover. “And I’m so pleased that this HIV/AIDS Awareness Day offers us another opportunity to again feature the jewelry of Same Sky.” Last year, fellow 100 Women member – and the 2015 recipient of the 100 Women Award at “The Steve Chase” – Helene Galen opened her home to fellow members and their guests to purchase the jewelry.

About Same Sky – In 1994, Rwanda was torn apart by a brutal genocide. In little more than three months, nearly one million people were murdered and the UN estimates that a quarter of a million women were raped – with 70% of them contracting HIV. Same Sky was founded to help these women, used as a weapon of war and left as widows, single mothers, and orphaned teenaged girls. Now, the jewelry they create as Same Sky artisans helps lift them out of extreme poverty, through the dignity of work and the freedom to become self-sufficient. The true value of a piece of handmade jewelry by a Same Sky artisan is the empowerment that it brings the women of sub-Saharan Africa.

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ABOUT DESERT AIDS PROJECT
Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

Contact:
Barry Dayton
Director of Marketing & Communications
760-323-2118 ext 434
760-992-0434 – direct
bdayton@desertaidsproject.org
www.desertaidsproject.org


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