Nkosi's Haven (Good Morning Angels)

‚??Freddie For A Day‚?? is a celebration of the life of Freddie Mercury, which falls around his birthday date. It is meant to engage members of the public in a fun way to remember one of our greatest artists.

 
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‚??Freddie For A Day‚?? is a celebration of the life of Freddie Mercury, which falls around his birthday date. It is meant to engage members of the public in a fun way to remember one of our greatest artists, but behind it is the earnest purpose of raising funds to support the continued work in fighting HIV AIDS worldwide through the Mercury Phoenix Trust, the HIV AIDS charitable organisation set up in Freddie‚??s memory after his passing almost 20 years ago.



This year, we‚??ve decided to celebrate this day in South Africa. We‚??ve chosen to partner with Nkosi‚??s Haven, and will be running competitions and promo activities urging public to dress up as Freddie Mercury to remember and celebrate him as a great icon, as well as to donate R10 to Nkosi‚??s Haven through their SMS line (38010). We‚??re also doing a run of T-shirts to support this campaign, and will be distributing these as well as running competitions to raise awareness. Everyone at Nkosi‚??s Haven will be wearing these T-shirts at special events leading up to the 5th of September. We‚??re also investigating getting stick-on mustaches for media and competitions (TBD).



See more at the official site: http://www.freddieforaday.com/



Or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FreddieForADay#!/FreddieForADay



For Good Morning Angels, I was wondering if it would be at all possible to help Gail Johnson, the founder of Nkosi‚??s Haven, before Monday, September the 5th. At the moment (with the economy in a rough spot) funding is low. I‚??m humbled by Gail's bravery and hard work. In fact, this year is the 10th anniversary of Nkosi‚??s death, so as far as fundraisers go this REALLY warms my heart.

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Posted on 2011-09-06 14:34:54

BACKGROUND

Nkosi Johnson was so much more than a little boy. He carried the plight of thousands of children and parents on his tiny little shoulders. Nkosi was born with HIV/Aids, as his birthmother, Nonhlanhla Daphne was positive. He never knew his father. He first made headlines, when his adoptive mother, Gail Johnson, took the Melville Primary School to court, for refusing Nkosi access, because of his HIV status. Nkosi won and thus opened the door to school for other children in his position. Gail made sure that Nkosi got the best medical treatment available at the time and in return, Nkosi became a voice for children living with HIV/Aids. He was the keynote speaker at the 13th International AIDS Conference, where he encouraged people with HIV/AIDS to be open about the disease and to seek equal treatment. Nkosi finished his speech with the words: "Care for us and accept us - we are all human beings. We are normal. We have hands. We have feet. We can walk, we can talk, we have needs just like everyone else - don't be afraid of us - we are all the same!" Nkosi died ten years ago, on 1 June 2001. He was 12 - at the time, the eldest child born with Aids. Gail continued the work she started with Nkosi and Nkosi's Haven, which cares for mothers and children with HIV/Aids. Today, Good Morning Angels would like to do our part in keeping this labour of love alive ...
 

Posted on 2011-09-06 14:35:29

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Good Morning Angels raised another wonderful amount at last week's Good Morning Angels Million. The first cause to benefit from the generosity of all our sponsors and contributors, is Nkosi's Haven ... The GMA Golf Day Fund will contribute R 50 000,00 towards Nkosi's Haven to enable Gail and her team to keep caring for children and mothers affected by HIV/Aids.
 
 
 
 
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