Keys raises fund for people with HIV/AIDS

May 5th, 2011 - 5:30 am ICT by IANS  

London, May 5 (IANS) R&B; superstar Alicia Keys organised a charity concert in Canada to raise funds for people with HIV/AIDS. reports that the singer was the star performer at the Hope Rising! event in Toronto, held in aid of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which supports health groups dealing with the disease in Africa.

Keys, who co-founded the Keep a Child Alive organisation to provide medicine to families with HIV/AIDS, hoped the gig would help raise awareness of the disease.

“These are human beings. You put these numbers out there - 30 million dead, 33 million-plus infected, 16 million AIDS orphans - these are people, this isn’t like some dot on a chart. It’s hard. You get these statistics and numbers and you start to lose the soul of what we’re really, really talking about,” she said.

“I think people get into their head that there’s this need and you have to do this grand and huge thing for it to mean something and that’s not the case. Even just your constant commitment, however small or big, that is something that is giving life to someone. If it was your brother, or your mother, or your sister, you would say, ‘No, I’m not going to allow them to just die,” she added.

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