The street initiative organised by Fundación Huésped, the Argentine FFAD Affiliated charity, has had fantastic results. During the week of September 3rd to 7th, charity volunteers and fans dressed as Freddie helped to convince members of the public to sign up to donate 1 peso a day to Fundación Huésped.
In total, 120 people signed up to give ongoing monthly donations of 30 pesos. This means that an incredible 43,200 pesos has been committed to helping the charity continue much needed AIDS awareness education and prevention in Argentina.
If you wish to sign up to monthly donations to Fundación Huésped, you can continue to do so here: dona.huesped.org.ar
The Queen fans who took part where wonderful. Throughout the week, they worked in shifts to dress as Freddie and draw the public’s attention to the initiative and guide members of the public towards the Fundación Huésped officials who were there with sing-up forms and in depth explanations about the charity’s work.
Our thanks also goes to Universal Argentina, who provided not only support and enthusiasm but also FFAD/Fundación Huésped tshirts, stick-on moustaches and also free copies of the special 25th Anniversary edition of Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé’s classic ‘Barcelona’ album to each person who signed up.
About Fundación Huésped
We are an Argentinean organisation with projects that reach throughout Latin America responding to HIV/AIDS as both an infectious disease and a social challenge. We work to improve information, education and prevention access; expand public support; facilitate research and continuing education of health professionals and increase availability of social and health services, including protection against discrimination.
Fundacion Huesped is chaired by Dr. Pedro Cahn, head of the Infectious Diseases Unit at Hospital Juan A. Fernandez of Buenos Aires. Dr. Cahn served as President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) from 2006-2008 and was the founding President of the Argentina AIDS Society.
Fundacion Huesped’s Executive Director Kurt Frieder formerly served as Secretary of the Argentina AIDS Society and as member of the board of the local Country Coordination Mechanism. He is currently the administrative coordinator of the Latin American chapter of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC- CIAT).