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|This is at last years Inaugural race of the A1 grand prix series, at Brands Hatch.|
Nelson Mandela - former Robben Island prisoner number 46664 - is the driving force behind a worldwide music-led campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids and funds to fight the pandemic in Southern Africa.
Pulling in major international celebrities and corporations, the 46664 campaign kicked off in October 2003 with a ground-breaking music launch on the Internet and phone networks around the world, followed by an all-star concert in South Africa in November 2003.
The 46664 campaign calls on governments to declare a global Aids emergency. "This means developed country governments must give much more money to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, and the global community should strive to get three million people living with Aids on lifesaving anti-retrovirals by 2005", the campaign spells out on the 46664 site.
"46664 was the prison number of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, Cape Town where he was held in captivity for 18 years", the statement continues. "The issue in South Africa then was apartheid. The issue today, across the continent, is Aids.
"Thirty million people in Africa are currently imprisoned by the HIV virus, a death sentence among the poor due to lack of affordable medicines. Since the start of the pandemic two decades ago, 17 million Africans have died."
Mandela, speaking at the 15th International Aids Conference in Bangkok just days before his 86th birthday on 18 July 2004, said the 46664 campaign would continue to create global awareness of HIV/Aids, to advocate for and support HIV/Aids care, treatment and prevention, and to raise the funds urgently needed to fight the epidemic.
It would also continue to pressurise governments and other agencies to meet their responsibilities, Mandela said, but added: "We cannot leave this matter only to governments and others. We must ask ourselves the question: What can I do as a global citizen?
"In a world that is divided along many lines, we now have a unique opportunity to bring us all together around a common challenge", Mandela said. "In ensuring that the millions of people who are infected and affected by HIV and Aids are not forgotten, we will not only make a difference to their lives, we will also make a difference to our lives as well. We owe this at least to humanity."
Speaking at the 14th International Aids Conference in Paris in 2003, Mandela said that a "tragedy of unprecedented proportions" was unfolding in Africa.
"Aids today in Africa is claiming more lives than the sum total of all wars, famines and floods and the ravages of such deadly diseases as malaria ... We must act now for the sake of the world ... Aids is no longer a disease, it is a human rights issue."
Notes from www.southafrica.info/mandela/46664
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Great photo of a super campaign. The note is very good.
About the photo. Excellent photo with beautiful colors and DOF. The lines in this photo are pefect and draw me straight into the photo. Great sharpness as well.
Did you make any cool shots of the A1 race?
- [2006-04-20 16:22]
Great note Alan, good shot too!
Good colours and nice curved lines here.
Thanks for sharing.
Hi there Alan,
I agree with what has been said so far. The curved lines really do lead your eye nicely into the shot. I like the vibrant reds and greens. Nice sharp focus and good composition.
Great image, Alan! Excellent composition and great DOF control. A simple image with great impact. Nice!
great graphical shot. I love the tight crop on this fragment of track. Good use of DOF - it gives the sense of space. Title object is very well placed within the frame. tfs
- [2006-04-20 23:36]
A nice picture, simple but straight to the point, with a very instructive note.
It's look like a videogame style pole position with it's score.... Good score :)
Picture sharp! I enjoy it!
- [2006-04-21 7:37]
Well done on this capture, nice leading lines, excellent work.
- [2006-04-21 9:05]
Superb photo, I like the great colors and the S shape of teh road it's very dynamic. All this with this great historical note.
Very well done.
- [2006-04-21 21:02]
nice hsot, good sharpness and vibrant colors. Like the soft lines and DOF.
Our previous president Mr Nelson Mandela is a great man. I have met him once and a conference and had the opportunity to say one sentence.
Well spotted capture. Nice composition with the "S" of the track leading the eye nicely through the frame.
Nice comment !
I like this picture, well composed. Very graphical.