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Aiding the Needs of Others

Helping fight HIV/AIDS one donation at a time

By Jacqueline Giase
On April 24, 2012

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For a night of culture, poetry, music, and dancing, Aide for AIDS was the ideal night. Hosted by the center for leadership and service [CLS], the events purpose was to raise funds and awareness for the disease of HIV/AIDS. On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, The Cougar's Den was filled with an eager crowd, excited to see what the night had in store.


Guests were greeted with a taste of Africa, treated to displays of cultural dances. Dancers included Claire Nwachuckwu, a junior health information management major, and Angeline Okwuego, a sophomore economics major. Okwuego, also the vice president for the African Student Association [ASA], stated, "Aide for Aids, is an important event because there are millions of people who are infected across the world with AIDS, and do not have enough resources to help extend their life expectancies. Therefore, being able to help raise money for these individuals was a great experience."


Speakers from the Hyacinth Foundation spoke about HIV/AIDS and its devastating toll on people not only worldwide, but locally as well. After, Joann McEniry and Laurie Litt-Robbins of New Jersey AIDs Services spoke about their experiences working "to respond compassionately and responsibly to the HIV/AIDS crisis by providing supportive services, housing opportunities, prevention strategies, and education to enhance the community."


"I felt the event was refreshing because we put a twist to service. I enjoyed the way we went about fundraising," stated Abibat Balogun, a service specialist with the center for leadership and service.

Performing that night were several poets, one of which was Baruti Kafele, a senior political science major with a concentration in comparative politics. Kafele read two poems which displayed the need for "a self-alliance and liberation for the African people".


While AIDS is commonly associated with Africa, the disease devastates areas across the globe -- including the United States. The only sure-fire way to impede the AIDS epidemic by informing the public and raising funds for those whom have already been affected.

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