Earlier this month, ONE Congressional District Leader Meg Fanion tabled for ONE at the Connecticut AIDS Walk and Run. Here’s her report. She was able to talk to more than 50 AIDS walk spectators and volunteers about ONE and our energy poverty campaign. In turn, they shared their personal connection to our work in Africa.
Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” blasted in the background as red ribbon-clad participants gathered around the starting line for the Connecticut AIDS Walk and Run in Hartford, Conn. It was a great day for volunteer Quyen Nguyen and new Congressional District Leader Lauren Johnson to talk to spectators and volunteers about ONE and our Electrify Africa petition.
The stories we heard from race volunteers and park visitors showed just how connected we all are. Shayna, for example, grew up in Malawi but was adopted by an American couple after her parents died of AIDS when she turned 16.
Another family we met, the Graffs, has a daughter who currently lives in Liberia, teaching English and civics to children. Maureen, a nurse from the infectious disease department at Hartford Hospital, visited our table during a “quiet moment” so she could talk to us in depth about the work we do to combat HIV/AIDS. She had quite an inspiring story- traveling the world from Brazil to India with Doctors Without Borders.
Jay, a race volunteer who works at the Connecticut Community Health Center practically ran up to our table asking “Are you the ONE who has the YouTube videos with the celebrities? I follow you on Twitter!! Can I have a wristband?” His excitement at learning he could get involved at the local level was contagious as more and more people came up to see what ONE is all about.
-Meg Fanion, Connecticut Congressional District Leader
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