On December 1, World AIDS Day, we’ll be marking a critical point in our fight against HIV/AIDS. Currently, 6.6 million people are receiving treatment (up from just 100,000 in 2002), but we’re a long way from declaring victory. So this year, let’s be a part of the solution. It’s time to spread the word about all the progress we’ve made in the fight against HIV/AIDS — and show how much more needs to get done, too.
What can you do to get involved in Challenge No. 4? Host a World AIDS Day event on your campus or in your community. Plan a movie night with friends. Turn a landmark on campus (RED), or write to your members of Congress and ask them to continue to fund the fight. And stay tuned, because we’ll reveal a big World AIDS Day project of our own next week…
And wondering who won Challenge No. 3? It was close (you guys submitted more than 500 photo petitions!), but Brigham Young University in Hawaii took the lead by hosting a petition photo-shoot and hunger banquet on campus — resulting in hundreds of handwritten letters, petitions and photographs that were delivered to their senators’ offices! Clark University took a solid second place while getting more than 10 percent of their campus to participate in their photo-petition -– and even met with Rep. McGovern to discuss effective poverty fighting programs. Newcomer Illinois State University pulled off an upset for third, with more than 200 photo petitions!
Don’t forget: the first half of the ONE Campus Challenge ends December 2nd –- and our top three campuses will secure spots to Bonnaroo. Get to work before the clock runs out in 11 days!