religious groups, and businesses from across
the U.S. have joined the Apathy is Lethal
campaign's efforts to raise funds for the
global fight against HIV/AIDS. 100 percent
of all donations to UNF's Apathy is Lethal
campaign are divided evenly between UNAIDS and
the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria with no administrative
costs being diverted by the UN Foundation.
Chicago-area hair-salon owner
Bob Lamorte donated booth space at the
popular “Halsted Market Days” and raised
over $6,000 for the Apathy is Lethal campaign
among patrons of his salon and those attending
A woman in North Bend, Washington
wrote us to say that her “10-year-old daughter
heard about AIDS in Africa on public radio.
She wanted to donate her allowance for
people who are suffering in the world.
She was afraid that her allowance, $10,
was too little to help anybody, so I agree
to add $100 to her money. We wish that
this donation will do some help for people
in the world.”
Sixth Graders at Valley View
Middle School in Germantown OH raised more
than $300 after listening to President
Bush's State of the Union address where
he announced that the cost of medication
had dropped from $1200 to $300 per year.
They would also like to challenge other
6 th grade classes in the nation to match
their donation of $365.
Several Nashville restaurants
and bars hosted an event called “Appetite
for Awareness”, a fund-raising dinner on
Dec. 3, where portions of the proceeds
from participating restaurants was donated
to the Apathy Is Lethal campaign.
The Apathy Is Lethal campaign
is a public awareness effort, sponsored
by UNF and the Ad Council, highlighting
the impact that HIV/AIDS has on children
throughout the world. Participating establishments
included: Chapel Bistro, Family Wash, Alley
Cat Lounge, Rosepepper Cantina, Radio Café and
Red Wagon Café, in East Nashville
and Sunset Grill in Hillsboro Village.
The 6th graders at Collegiate
School in New York took up that challenge
and when one of the students studying African
History came across the Apathy is Lethal
website, he was “devastated,” and shared
what he learned with his classmates. Together
they decided to make a difference. Through
a bake sale, read-a-thon, performing chores
in their home, these 15 boys raised over
Students from the University
of Oklahoma's Vision S.T.O.C. Project raised
awareness and funds through the performance
of an original play called “Visions of
Hope” to the OU community. Their efforts
raised more than $3,184.89 for the global
fight against AIDS.
High School and Elementary
School students from Wayzatta, Minnesota
raised more than $1,600 selling doughnuts
and going door-to-door in their neighborhoods.
Members of the Amnesty International
Clubs in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and Elmhurst,
Illinois have raised $466 and $300 respectively
for the global fight against AIDS.
The Interact Club's of Annapolis,
MD and Bridgewater-Raritan, New Jersey
each raised hundreds of dollars in the
hopes to help build an AIDS-free world
The Science Honor Society
at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville,
North Carolina raised a total of $314.65
through change donation at local area businesses.
The Central Jersey Chapter
of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority raised $70
as part of their International Day of Service
/ AIDS Awareness Program.
The students at Hopewell
Valley in Pennington, New Jersey raised
Hold a Scrabble Charity
Hold a Scrabble Contest at
your house, local bookstore, church or
school. Teams of four, six or eight
gather at different tables, each with a
Scrabble board and all the letters available.
Each team starts with the same opening
word, and has 20 minutes to fill the board
with high-scoring words. A judge sits at
each table to monitor the game. Individuals
pay $35 to participate. Players can sneak
a peek at a dictionary for an additional
$10 donation. Make extra money selling
Scrabble Association )
Bag Groceries for
Ask a local grocery store
without regular baggers if kids can bag
groceries for donations. Have a coffee
can sitting at the end of the checkout
to fill with tips from customers. Give
the kids some basic bagging lessons beforehand,
for example bread and eggs do not go on
the bottom of grocery bags! ( The Youth
Volunteer Corps, Warren, PA )
Gift Wrapping for
Get in touch with a store
or mall in your area and ask about setting
up a gift-wrapping booth for their customers
for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Christmas
or any other holidays. You can charge different
amounts for different levels of wrapping.
You will need to invest in boxes, tape,
wrapping paper and bows. You can either
accept donations, or charge a fee per gift
(depending on size, etc.). Ask the store
to let you make announcements advertising
your booth over their intercom while you
are there gift-wrapping. Make sure you
have enough people on hand to staff the
booth during times advertised.
Host a Dinner Party
Turn your next gathering
into an “Apathy is Lethal” Donation Party.
Invite your friends and family to your
house and ask them to make a donation to
Apathy is Lethal instead of bringing a
bottle of wine or other host/hostess gift.
You can generate local press by getting
your neighbors to host an Apathy is Lethal
Donation Party on the same night.
Hold a Plant Sale
You can buy many plants wholesale
from a nursery and re-sell them for double
the amount. This type of event can be held
at your office, school, gym or almost anywhere
Using the cafeteria, auditorium
or gym of your local school, host a Movie
Night. Most schools will have the necessary
audio/visual equipment to broadcast the
movies. Rent a few videos from your local
video store – or ask them to donate the
videos – and charge a fee for people to
participate. To make the event more attractive,
show movies that star the same actor or
actress, or show movies about the same
subject, like sci-fi, action or classic.
Sell donated refreshments to raise additional
Organize a Bake Sale
Set up a table outside a
local grocery store with homemade treats.
Ask friends and family to make their specialties – cookies,
cakes, Rice Krispy treats – and entice
incoming and outgoing grocery store customers.
They won't be able to resist!
For extra sales, print out
recipes on notecards and sell for an additional
cost, or give to customers who purchase
baked goods over a certain amount or quantity.
Hold a Car Wash
Ask a local business to donate
their location for the car wash. Ask friends
and family to volunteer as washers. Have
plenty of volunteers on hand to allow regular
breaks from the hot and tiring work of
Remember to select a location
with traffic volume, easy accessibility
and high visibility. Create colorful posters
to draw drivers to your car wash site.
Ask a local auto shop or garage to donate
the cleaning items.