Wednesday, August 3, 2011

EJAF Reaches €40m Donation Milestone

The Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) has reached a landmark, spending over 40 million Euros in AIDS projects worldwide.

The organization has now funded over 1,100 projects with grants for programs including needle exchange initiatives, in which heroin users return used dirty needles to drugstores in exchange for clean new needles and a pack of sterile items to be used for drug injection, all of which help lessen the danger of contracting or spreading AIDS in vulnerable addict populations.

The program has met with resistance in some areas and by drugstores and pharmacists, who have vocally resisted the influx of drug addicts brought into their stores by the initiative.

Elton John is one of the first celebrities to lend his support to AIDS prevention fundraising and launched his charity in the U.S. in 1992, with a London office following suit in 1993.

- RTT News

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