Annie Lennox has written a message encouraging her fans to give to relief efforts in Haiti.

“Haiti…It always seems that the ones who can least afford it are also the those who get hit by the sharp end of catastrophe,” she wrote on her blog. "Absolutely devastating. I’m making my own personal contribution to the British Red Cross, and I’m sure that everybody reading this blog will be doing something to support the situation there… Even if you just give ONE pound or ONE Euro, or dollar… that will be your unique and individual contribution to the overwhelm! …So if you haven’t already done so.. Please can I encourage you to just get off the couch and get active… In that way, you can be part of the collective solution, and you can give yourself a pat on the back for being an engaged and caring member of the human race! YOU REALLY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!"

Lennox also attended a HCA Gala event in London on 14th Jan 2010 where, as an Ambassador for The British Red Cross (BRCS), she spoke about their work with HIV/AIDS and her personal commitment to the cause before presenting a short piece of film featuring Red Cross CEO Sir Nicholas Young giving an overview of the BRCS’s on going work with HIV/AIDS and highlighting some of the challenges the BRCS faces in South Africa.

HCA are an American owned private hospital group, who own six UK hospitals. HCA has chosen the British Red Cross and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to work with this next year to raise significant income through a range of fundraising events one of them being the ‘Wellington Challenge’ which was launched at the Gala Event.

The ‘Wellington Challenge’ will involve a mass-participation sponsored run and walk in October 2010 for staff of HCA. The event will be followed by a fundraising gala dinner. Funds raised will be equally split between the two charities. The money raised for the BRCS will go towards their ongoing HIV/AIDS work in South Africa.

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