NOVEMBER 29th, 2017, LONDON – Supporters including mothers2mothers’ Patrons Annie Lennox and Salma Hayek Pinault gathered to support the mothers2mothers Winter Fundraiser, which was hosted by Salma Hayek Pinault & François-Henri Pinault at their London home.
The private dinner, which preceded World Aids Day on Friday December 1st, supports the inspirational work of mothers2mothers to create a generation free from HIV. The evening was hosted by David Walliams and included speeches from Salma Hayek Pinault, Annie Lennox, and m2m Spokeswoman Nozi Samela, a live auction and a surprise musical performance by Florence + The Machine. The event was generously supported by long-term partner Gucci, together with Gemfields and Albion Parties.
Notable attendees included:
Dr. Mitch Besser, Sarah Burton, Naomi Campbell, Nick Cave, Susie Cave, Edward Enninful, Tania Fares, Livia & Colin Firth, Alexander Gilkes, Quentin Jones, Keira Knightley, Natalie Massenet, Erin O’Connor, James Righton, Elizabeth Saltzman, Tamara & Giorgio Veroni.
“mothers2mothers is incredibly grateful to Salma Hayek Pinault and François-Henri Pinault for hosting our Winter Fundraiser and is delighted by the generosity of our long term partner Gucci, and supporters and guests. Seeing Nozi Samela, former Mentor Mother standing shoulder to shoulder with our Patrons Salma Hayek Pinault and Annie Lennox was a striking example of mothers as a powerful force for change. This evening we created more much needed resource and awareness to continue training, employing and supporting Mentor Mothers – the Wonder Women who last year reached 1.8m people, ensuring families thrive not just survive.” Emma France mothers2mothers Global Development and Strategic Engagement Director.
Special thanks goes to Gucci, Gemfields, Albion Parties, Peyote Group, Laurent Perrier, Tequila Occho, Bentley Motors and the International Wine and Spirit Competition for their support.
mothers2mothers (m2m) is an international NGO founded in Cape Town, South Africa in 2001. m2m employs and trains HIV-positive women to deliver health services, advice, and support to women and their families at health facilities and in local communities. From an initial focus on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, m2m has expanded into five related areas to deliver benefits for women and their families at all stages of life. As well as a continued focus on HIV-prevention and education, m2m’s services now also include early childhood development, paediatric care and support, and adolescent mentoring. In 2016 alone, m2m and its partners enrolled almost two million new clients into care across seven African countries. Results show that m2m has virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV among its clients, and is making significant strides in expanding the scope and scale of its other services.