This World AIDs day, BollyCurry brings to you the celebrities who spread the awareness on HIV/AIDS along with us commoners.
1st of December not only brings the last month of every year but also,
like every year, brings a day when people gather to educate and spread
information on the fairy disastrous infection that is AIDS. The World
AIDS Day is the one date which is observed by those who are suffering
from this illness or have a loved one who is and need support and
undoubtedly our Bollywood stars have left no stone unturned in aiding
this cause. Some of us might wonder as to why HIV/AIDS is given such
priority and publicity, and the simple reason is that it is one of the
most deadly infectious diseases currently present, taking the lives of
almost 2 million people worldwide in 2010 with an average 34 million
infected! While some of us may not be doing much of anything to promote
this cause, luckily our B-Town celebrities are sparing out time from their hectic schedules and bringing this issue into the limelight.
And now, BollyCurry presents few of those involved in AIDS day campaigns and activities.
it is not a surprise that the pretty lass Preity Zinta is part of the
HIV/AIDS campaign. She has been the UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for India
from the year 2010 and has been promoting awareness on HIV prevention,
cure, treatment and support, focusing primarily on women, children and
the oppressed ever since. Solely for this purpose, she has even involved
her IPL team Kings XI Punjab, which was seen sporting red ribbons
during their matches to show its support for this cause. Along with
that, she makes it a point to visit various rural villages of Punjab and
other states to spread the awareness that HIV is preventable and in
fact treatable. Due to her disappointment over HIV transmission from
mother to children, her work is centered on curing such cases and
helping in avoiding infection among infants. Preity has surely performed
marvelously and we expect her to continue her noble activities and help
even more people that she already has.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has always been in the
spotlight, uses it for noble causes and has been involved in various
humanitarian issues since many years. That will be one convincing reason
as to why she has recently been chosen as the new International
Goodwill Ambassador by the UNAIDS (United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS)
this year. She will be seen in this new avatar where she will help
raise an awareness for stopping new HIV infections mostly in women and
children. Being a mother herself, she clearly values the joy and
concerns of every mother towards her children. She, like any other
mother, wants her child to be healthy and infection free. This could
possibly be the objective behind Aishwarya's extra attention on the
health issues faced by women and children. She believes it to be an
honor and accepts the position proposed to her and doesn't believe in
simply being the poster girl for the organization. Instead, she
implements what she committed for. Aishwarya surely seems to be
confident about what she's doing and BollyCurry wishes her all the luck
for her new role so numerous mothers and their children can get educated
and stay healthy in the future.
The social activist and veteran actress Shabana Azmi herself contributes to
AIDS campaigns! From the year 2008, Azmi has been handling the post of
SAARC Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS Programme and she has played a
big role in many campaigns that have occurred in various regions of the
SAARC countries. Her main role ranges from facilitating execution of
different SAARC regional strategies on HIV/AIDS to its work plan in all
the countries. She was also assigned to create better awareness on the
prejudice against HIV patients through mass media and pubic appearance
in the region. Shabana ji has indeed played a vital role in raising
funds for the treatment of these patients and helped them in recovering
and leading a better life. She still continues her social activities and
for that, we wish her success in all campaigns she organizes in the
Shilpa Shetty Kundra
A long time
has passed by since her involvement, but the gorgeous Shilpa Shetty
Kundra was certainly an integral part of the HIV/AIDS campaigns in 2007.
It was certainly known through media that Shilpa donated all of her
winning money of the 'Big Brother 2007' title to the Indian AIDS
campaigns. There is also a foundation named after her which is run for
the welfare of the HIV/AIDS patients. Moreover, she was seen spreading
awareness on AIDS with British Actor Ralph Fineness in India after
her victory in the show that helped her gain everyone's attention again.
Shilpa even ended up doing the role of an AIDS patient in the Bollywood
movie Phir Milenge and her performance was widely appreciated, winning her several best actress nominations. Though
she has not been seen in any campaigns recently, we wish she has a
joyful motherhood phase and returns to fame soon with more of her
Hrithik and Suzanne Roshan
The husband-wife duo of Hrithik and Suzanne Roshan have certainty been spotted attending various events related to social issues. One such event was the 26th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial
where this couple checked in to lend their support for the AIDS
awareness campaign. It was sometime in 2009 and though it has been a
long time since then, their willingness is certainly appreciated and
them showing their solidarity to the people who are living in isolation
because of the disease is commendable. Hrithik thanked Suzanne for
supporting him on this cause while Suzanne stated that she wanted to see
a positive change occurring in the society regarding the way people
treated HIV patients. The event also witnessed the presence of
singer-actor-director Farhan Akthar, Nandita Das, AV Birla, the group
chairman of Kumar Mangalam Birla, and the director-general of the
National AIDS Control Organisation, Dr. Sujata Rao.
Former Miss India and Bollywood actress turned social activist Nafisa Ali is
yet another celebrity who works towards this cause. After a gap of 18
years, she is back into action by working for several NGOs and some of
her renowned work is beyond doubt in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention,
awareness and care. She even started a Care Home called Ashraya for
infected patients. She believes that by starting this care home she
could at least help some people who are neglected by society at a time
when they need the most support. She is best known for her beliefs of
religious harmony and peace. We look forward to seeing more of Nafisa
ji's works and their success stories in the future.
well-known celebrities are doing a tremendous job in supporting this
amazing cause and we hope they continue to use their fame in such
positive avenues. We sincerely hope that people put an end to the
discrimination towards HIV affected people and realize that they need
our support and treatment, not isolation, in society. The celebrities
are doing their part! When are you getting primed to join them in this
Author: Siona M.
Editors: Khushi P. & Gunia M.
Graphics: Pooja A.
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