Today is World Aids Day. This day is dedicated to raising awareness of the Aids pandemic caused by the spread of HIV. There are 33.3 million people worldwide, including 2.5 million children under 15, with HIV.
To raise public awareness, 20 local students from the Unicef Young Envoys Club have organised a campaign called 'Unite for Children, Unite against Aids'. The campaign includes an exhibition which will run until Sunday at Times Square, Causeway Bay. Visitors will learn about Aids victims through photo stories. There will also be a vending machine designed by the envoys, from which one can buy items such as hand warmers and dolls.
Rani Siu Pui-yue, a student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, took part in the design.
'We think it is creative to use a vending machine to bring out a message,' says the 18-year-old. 'The hand warmers, which cost HK$20 each, are in the shape of a blood donation pack. This is to remind people that Aids can be transmitted through blood. By giving HK$20, you can help three mothers in developing countries to take a HIV Rapid Test through Unicef.
'While Hong Kong isn't affected by Aids as seriously as other countries, we should support [victims]. That's why we're running the campaign in Hong Kong.'
For details, visit unicef.org.hk/education/young-envoys-club/latest-new-2