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Famine Relief, Oxfam



August 10, 2011 – Comments (1)

An awesome friend of mine is doing a personal fund raising event for victims of Somalia's famine.

I got to know him when I was actively involved in tobacco control work, raising the legal age to buy cigarettes to 19, getting the stronger warnings on cigarette packages, working on having the carcinogens from cigarettes control like other carcinogens are controlled in the workplace.

He was awesome in helping us to raise money.  We were a group of volunteers so 100% of our money was spent on tobacco control.  We never had a lot of money to spend, but I believe we were highly effective in supporting youth to remain smoke-free, creating a more supportive environment for adults trying to quit and protecting non-smokers from second-hand smoke.

I had a closer look at Harvey's site and I didn't see any of the educational videos he has been involved in making, which he was working on quite a bit when we were working together in the late 80s and early 90s.  I remember going to the premiere of a video on AIDS which really was an eye opener for me on how the disease was spreading in Africa and the differences in the power in relationships that influence the rate the disease is spread, for example, in a gay male interaction there is far more equal power and control for taking steps for protection then in a male/female relationship in Africa where they are also dealing with poverty.  It really showed how little power the women had, and that the problem wasn't simply just about access to information and condoms.


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