On Sunday, Aloha ONE members continued their advocacy efforts at the 19th Annual Honolulu AIDS Walk at Kapiolani Park. Hundreds of citizens gathered together to raise money and share their experiences with HIV/AIDS in their local community; and ONE members continued the conversation about the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS outside our nation’s borders. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 2/3 of those living with HIV in our world. But the continual support of bi-partisan U.S. programs like PEPFAR and multilateral programs like The Global Fund have increased survival rates from 50,000 to over 3 million in less than a decade. This Walk is just one of many events ONE members will participate in Honolulu this year. We know our elected leaders are hearing the voices of their constituents.
At a meeting with Senator Inouye’s staff last week, ONE members shared their experiences advocating on behalf of the world’s poorest people and left confident knowing the senator’s service to our country, knowledge of the issues, and support from his constituents place him in a unique leadership opportunity to make sure these successful life saving-programs are fully supported. Together we are seeing more and more people join us in raising awareness not only their neighbors, but also local community leaders. Mahlo (thank-you) Honolulu!