(RED) raises $46 million to fight AIDS through the Global FundListen /
An auction organized by (RED), a group started by rock star Bono and Bobby Shriver to fight AIDS, has raised $46 million for the Global Fund to invest in their programs.
The Global Fund is an international financing institution that fights AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The sale, held in New York on 23 November, offered specially designed items, which included a Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera that sold for US$1.8 million and an aluminum desk produced by Neal Feay Studio, auctioned for US$1.7 million.
At the end of the night, items sold at auction totalled US$13 million, which was matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The amount also unlocked an additional US$20 million from the U.S. and UK, bringing the total raised to US$46 million.
Mark Dybul, the Executive Director of the Global Fund, thanked (RED) and the designers for their leadership and creativity in galvanizing resources for the fight against HIV.
Over the years, (RED) has raised more than US$ 244 million for the Global Fund to support HIV & AIDS grants in Ghana, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania.
Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 14 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.
(RED) is the acronym for Renew, Energize, Donate
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.