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Babson College Hosts Community Volunteerism Event - Boston AIDS Africa with World Vision April 6

Babson College invites the community to participate in the 5th Annual Boston AIDS Africa event being held on April 6, 2013, from 9:30am – 12:00pm in Babson’s Webster Athletic Center. 

Babson College invites the community to participate in the 5th Annual Boston AIDS Africa event being held on April 6, 2013, from 9:30am – 12:00pm in Babson’s Webster Athletic Center.

Boston AIDs Africa is sponsored by World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization working with children and families in 100 countries. During the event volunteers will have the opportunity to assemble Caregiver Kits which will be sent to families in communities in Africa suffering from and affected by AIDs. Children and adults who participate this Saturday will have an opportunity to write and insert notes of encouragement into each kit that they pack.

World Vision’s Caregivers, a community-based volunteer corps of more than 77,000 in Sub-Saharan Africa, help HIV and AIDS patients get to clinics, provide palliative care for others, and regularly visit orphans of victims of the disease to ensure their health and welfare. Today 67% of the world’s HIV and AIDS sufferers live in Africa. The kits include latex gloves, anti-fungal cream, Vaseline, aspirin, wash cloths, soap, and other products useful in bringing comfort and care but not easily obtained in rural Uganda. Each kit contains three months of supplies.

The goal of the Boston AIDs Africa event is to create a hands-on, tangible way for the Babson Community to come together for a family-friendly service opportunity. Participants have an opportunity to show support and compassion for those struggling with the effects of AIDs, as well as encourage volunteer caregivers who selflessly care for those in need. Babson College strives to equip, foster, create opportunities where students and community members can not only make a difference on campus, but around the world.

Saturday’s event will open with a reading by Wellesley-based children’s book author Katie Smith Milway from her new book Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Inspired It, followed by a short slide show of a the true story of a World Vision-equipped caregiver in Zambia, which she drew on in writing the book.

 

• All ages and families welcome to attend and help pack 5000 kits for Caregivers in Uganda.

• Join hundreds of Babson students volunteering locally and giving back globally to help volunteer caregiver’s in Uganda

• Boston-area author Katie Smith Milway to do reading and book signing of “Mimi’s Village and How Basic Health Care Transformed It”, based in a real World Vision community

 

For more information, contact World Vision representative Patty MacDonald at pmacdona@worldvision.org or visit www.facebook.com/BostonAIDSAfrica.

Interviews available with Katie Smith Milway, Babson and World Vision staff.

 

About World Vision

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.worldvision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at: @WorldVisionNews.

 

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit www.babson.edu

By Hilary Katulak; hkatulak@babson.edu; 781-239-4623 | 4/3/2013 10:59 AM