HIV is real and is no 'respecter' of persons occurring even in seniors who should be enjoying their retirement. Imagine if your retired mum or dad was to receive such devastating news (that they have got HIV) when they should be enjoying their retirement?
I know it is hard for us and we do not even want to believe that our parents are sexually active but indeed, they are!! FACT! They also need education on how to prevent HIV and protect themselves. Here are some other facts I bet you did not know. Seniors are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage leading to a late start to treatment, greater damage to their immune system leading to a poorer prognosis and shorter survival after a HIV diagnosis. Perceived stigma and fear of isolation may also prevent them from disclosing their status to friends and family.
Ebbe wishes to use "Saving Father" as a medium to create awareness of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in seniors and has received a grant from the Aids Health Foundation but that grant will slip away by 1st May 2015 if she does not fulfil her end of the bargain by raising $30,000. It seems like a lot doesn't it? Lets break it down.
If me and you give $20 today, that would go along way towards arriving at the final destination. Little drops make a mighty ocean they say. Little drops at a steady pace of $20 each would fill up the pot real fast. $20 is equivalent to approximately £14 or approximately N4,000 or approximately 76 Ghana Cedis or approximately 19 Euros or approximately 25 Canadian Dollars. I realise for some, this could mean forfeiting their daily Starbucks/Costa coffee for a week or forfeiting their daily takeaway from the Chinese restaurant or Curry house down the street. It could even mean forfeiting your regular 'mama put' or buka for a
day week or abstaining from those trips to Coldstone for some icecream. It could mean staying without 'banku and groundnut soup' for a week day, all for a good cause. Let us all join hands, support one of our own with any amount no matter how small and fill up the "Saving Father" pot.
The fund raising page for the project - Saving Father is live now and has raise about $2,200 so far - lets push the figure way higher. Please arise from the sidelines, get involved, visit the page and donate your token no matter how
big small. Lets team up with Ebbe and make "Saving Father" a reality -- we have got barely two weeks left to the deadline. I can already hear you asking - will my card work? Yes, your card will work on the page! LOL!! Here is one of Ebbe's works - Siri Oko Fo (Mending Fences) as a teaser of what to expect from Ebbe's stables.....