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15 April 2016, 6:30pm
Thank you to all those people that supported this year’s Winq Spring Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
The event was a tremendous success for us, raising over £50,000 net towards our important work supporting people living with HIV and AIDS.
One of the best things about the WINQ Spring Ball for us was that we were able to raise £15,000 towards funding a summer camp for children with HIV.
Across the UK and Ireland, there are around 1,000 children and young people living with HIV. This is a marginalised, stigmatised and isolated group. Many live in poverty, have suffered multiple bereavements and live in houses where their siblings or other family members don’t know they have HIV. These young people have to manage a life limiting illness which they are unable to talk about due to society’s response to HIV, so very often their school, friends and extended family may not know they are HIV positive.
The camp offers a unique opportunity of 100 HIV positive young people, many of them quite isolated, together in one place for five days. It brings this group together from all parts of the country so they can meet others, share experiences, build friendships and learn more about living well with HIV. Rather than hiding HIV, attendees are encouraged to talk openly about it and there are camp leaders and volunteers at camp who are also HIV positive and act as role models and mentors.
As one of last year’s camp participants said: “What I enjoyed the most was meeting new people, getting to know them, and learning about my illness. Because it’s not every day that I go out and get to meet a new person, and especially people that have the same illness as you.”
We are making a difference to people living with HIV and AIDS, and we couldn’t do it without your support. So thank you.
Thank you again to Winq Magazine for against supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation at this event.
Also thank you to Rosewood London, our stunning venue for the evening, Grey Goose Vodka, our DJ Steven Sharp, our wonderful Auctioneer, Edward Rising and the very special performances by The Feeling and Jake Quickenden.