Photo release: 'Wish Your Love' campaign press conference
4 September, 2012
The HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration (HIV-NAT), a sub-unit of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre officially launched its first ever fundraising campaign for HIV-positive children: the 'Wish Your Love' campaign, with the ambassador: Arak Amornsupasiri or 'Pae Slur', a leading Thai singer and actor, on 27 August 2012.Pae has embraced the HIV cause for children and is now Wish Your Love campaign ambassador. Pae, together with Pancake, Took Chanokwanan, Kae Chollada, Opal Panissara and other celebrities, introduced the 'Wish Your Love' campaign on a 30-second television commercial which was supported by Pradpriew Studio, Me-D Studio and Hummingbird.The Wish Your Love campaign aims to raise money for the HIV-NAT Drug Fund that supports more than 400 children and families living with HIV in Thailand. The Drug Fund provides ARV treatment, psychosocial support and scholarships for underprivileged HIV positive children and their families. According to Professor Emeritus Praphan Phanuphak, Director of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre and Co-director of HIV-NAT, "more than 20,000 Thai children have HIV. A majority of these children are from impoverished backgrounds; many have lost their parents and hope. Yet, every child deserves a normal life, access to health care and educational opportunities."The 'Wish Your Love' campaign also includes the Foster Family Program that allows generous individuals to contribute cash donations on a monthly basis to give under privileged HIV positive children and their families a sense of stability and security. For more information on the foster family program and other ways to support the 'Wish Your Love' campaign, please visit www.hivnat.org/wishyourlove.HIV-NAT and its committed staff have been working to provide a better quality of life for HIV-positive children and families in Thailand for more than 7 years. The organization hopes to continue on this course for many years to come as there is a need for continued support for underprivileged HIV-positive children and their families.