Gay Marriage Ceremonies Help Raise AIDS Funds at Vienna's Life Ball
June 18, 2001
The Life Ball, which has raised more than $2 million for AIDS charities in Austria since it was launched nine years ago, was held Saturday in Vienna. For the first time, the event this year raised money for projects organized by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa. "Ten years ago, we were horrified by official predictions that HIV might infect up to 12 million people by the year 2000. As I stand here today, that total is in fact 58 million, 22 million of whom have died. . . . AIDS is a disease of poverty; we need resources and we need them now," Elton John told a crowd of 20,000 at City Hall Square.Adapted from:
Agence France Presse
06.17.01; Anne Padieu
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