By Patricia Ochieng and Consolata Opiyo, ONE members
This weekend was amazing.
One year ago, you helped start a campaign to help make sure all babies could be born HIV-free. That moms could get the treatment they need to fight AIDS and live long, healthy lives. And more than 200,000 people from places all around the world joined with us to say poverty is sexist and to ask Prime Minister Trudeau to make sure girls everywhere get the future they deserve.
And this weekend, you helped make history. On Saturday, we delivered your name straight to Prime Minister Trudeau, and we found out that the Global Fund had just raised nearly 13 billion dollars to help fight AIDS, TB and malaria for the next three years. That means up to 8 million more lives saved because of you.
We’ve been so impressed by all of your passion and support. It’s a great feeling to know that so many people committed so much to make this happen. You made our voices stronger. You made our message louder. And we shared our message with so many people. World leaders. Canadian ministers. Classmates at home. Even Prime Minister Trudeau— and our leaders listened and acted.
Thank you for everything you did. And let’s say thanks to our leaders.