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15 Years of mothers2mothers, Hosted by Annie Lennox

LONDON, Friday, 23 October 2015 – Acclaimed singer, songwriter, campaigner, and activist, Annie Lennox, will host and perform at an exclusive mothers2mothers (m2m) event. Funds raised from the evening will support the charity’s vital work in sub-Saharan Africa to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and create health and hope for mothers, their families, and communities.
The intimate event will launch the 15th Anniversary of mothers2mothers, and is the charity’s third major London fundraiser. It will be held at the stunning venue, One Marylebone. Guests will enjoy a drinks reception followed by a relaxed sit-down dinner, with silent and live auctions featuring a collection of Gibson guitars donated by The Gibson Foundation, and handwritten lyrics by Ed Sheeran, Sting, One Direction’s Liam Payne, and one other critically-acclaimed artist. Supporters of the event include Universal Music UK, MAC Cosmetics, and GUCCI as well as the charity’s 2015 partner NEXT Model Management.
Ms. Lennox, whose internationally-renowned music career and tireless charity work has been widely recognised and honoured, will treat guests to a special, live performance. Joining Ms. Lennox to co-host the event will be acclaimed actor Hugh Bonneville, and Scottish journalist and BBC Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark.  Also speaking at the event will be special guest Nalumu Vivien Juliet, who will be travelling to the United Kingdom from Uganda where she is employed by mothers2mothers as a Mentor Mother. Juliet will share her inspirational story of how she overcame tremendous challenges after testing HIV positive while pregnant, and is now helping other HIV-positive mothers in similar situations find the strength to access treatment critical to protecting their babies from HIV infection and keeping themselves healthy.
Confirmed guests include, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Livia Firth, Simon Fuller, David Gandy, Jack Guinness, Jodie Kidd, Mollie King, Leah Wood, and Will Young.
Speaking of her longstanding involvement in the event and charity, Ms. Lennox remarked, “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be able to contribute to the lifesaving work of mothers2mothers that has transformed the lives of more than 1.3 million HIV positive women across nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa. With their visionary and innovative Mentor Mother Model, their methodology has become the gold standard for the education and support of mothers living with HIV. With one in three pregnant women living with HIV in Southern Africa, their work is still absolutely imperative.”
The evening’s co-host Hugh Bonneville commented, “mothers2mothers’ simple, innovative approach means that the goal of ending paediatric AIDS in this generation is within reach. I am delighted to be a part of this special evening celebrating 15 years of mothers2mothers and to support the charity as it expands its vitally important work, seeking to create a generation of children free from HIV and reaching more mothers in order to educate and empower them.”
As one of the evening’s supporters, David Joseph, Universal Music UK Chairman and CEO added, “Fifteen years ago mothers2mothers recognised African mothers living with HIV as the greatest resource available to ending paediatric AIDS. Their work is making a huge difference and I am delighted that Universal Music is supporting this event hosted by Annie Lennox.”
ABOUT mothers2mothers
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an African-based not-for-profit organisation, trusted partner and implementer, at the forefront of global efforts to eliminate paediatric AIDS and create healthy futures for mothers, their families, and communities.  m2m’s peer-based Mentor Mother Model has been proven to achieve better health outcomes and reduce mother-to-child transmission rates, while also creating significant savings through averted HIV treatment costs. Since its founding in 2001, m2m has reached more than 1.3 million HIV-positive mothers in nine countries, and its model has been identified by the United Nations as a key strategy in eliminating paediatric AIDS and promoting healthy motherhood.  Learn more at www.m2m.org or follow mothers2mothers on Instagram (@mothers2mothers), Facebook (@mothers2mothers), or on Twitter (@m2mtweets).
ABOUT UNIVERSAL MUSIC UK
Universal Music UK is a division of Universal Music Group, the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Universal Music UK includes the labels Capitol, Decca, Island, Polydor and Virgin EMI, alongside the world’s most famous recording studios, Abbey Road. Universal Music UK is home to successful artists from across the musical spectrum including James Bay, Florence + The Machine, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, The Rolling Stones, Sam Smith, Take That and U2. It also releases the music of global superstars such as Taylor Swift, Rihanna and Eminem as well as repertoire from Decca, the number one classical label in the world. Universal Music Group is a fully owned subsidiary of Vivendi.
ABOUT THE M∙A∙C AIDS FUND
The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, the heart and soul of M∙A∙C Cosmetics, was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. Recently recognized by Funders Concerned About AIDS as the top corporate giver in the arena and the number one philanthropic funder of domestic U.S. HIV/AIDS work, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised more than $380 million (U.S.) exclusively through the sale of M∙A∙C’s VIVA GLAM Lipstick and Lipglass donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. For more information, visit www.macaidsfund.org.
ABOUT CHIME FOR CHANGE
CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, is a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world, with a focus on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for Education, Health and Justice projects. Through the power of crowdfunding, CHIME FOR CHANGE has funded more than 420 projects in 88 countries through 153 non-profit partners reaching hundreds of thousands of girls and women around the world. CHIME FOR CHANGE co-Founders Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter continue to lead the campaign with its coalition of partner organizations. Founding Partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines and Catapult. Strategic Partners include P&G Prestige, Twitter and Kellogg’s Special K. CHIME is powered by crowdfunding partners GlobalGiving and CrowdRise. To stay informed, visit www.chimeforchange.org.
Press contact:
Rebecca Radmore:  rebecca@happypr.co.uk
mothers2mothers: emma.france@m2m.org +44 (0) 207 589 8254
 

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