Singer and AIDS activist Annie Lennox visited the Scottish Parliament yesterday to beg politicians to do more to tackle AIDS.
Lennox urged leaders to find a “renewal of purpose” in the ongoing fight against AIDS, after revealing that funding to stop the spread of AIDS is on the decline for the first time.
Lennox, also a United Nations AIDS ambassador, told how she often feels “overwhelmed” in her campaign after witnessing first-hand the effects of the deadly illness in Africa. She said, “I have visited child-headed households, where the most vulnerable children are left to fend for themselves, after their mother and father have passed away. I’ve visited clinics, children’s homes and orphanages filled with babies and toddlers, many of whom wouldn’t have a chance of living beyond their fifth birthday.” “Sometimes I feel overwhelmed, and quite often despairing, but that doesn’t mean that I can simply step back and walk away…”
She also said “I am asking everyone in this room to form a sense of renewal of purpose; to ask yourselves how we can connect to make a contribution, however large or small… If my coming here today inspires just one individual to connect, and make a contribution whether it be the giving of time, sharing knowledge and experience or engaging in fundraising activities – it will have been worth it.”
Seeing her commitment to the fight against AIDS is very inspiring, and I hope that someone after the meeting felt a “renewal of purpose.”