The Big Day
mothers2mothers (m2m) Founder Mitch Besser and staff joined HRH Prince Harry for ICAP Charity Day benefitting hundreds of charities around the world, and raised critical funding for m2m’s work with adolescents.
One day each year, leading financial markets operator ICAP, and its entire staff in 60 offices around the world, devote their energy to positively changing the lives of thousands of people less fortunate, giving away all of their revenues and commissions to charity. Over the last 24 years, ICAP Charity Day has raised nearly £135 million!
m2m was thrilled to be one of the 200 charity beneficiaries of ICAP’s most recent Charity Day. What made it even more thrilling is that the funds donated by ICAP to m2m will target one of the most vulnerable populations affected by HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa – adolescent girls and young women. It is estimated that nearly 7,500 girls, between the ages of 15 and 25, become infected with HIV each week.
The ICAP funding will build on the programmatic scope of m2m’s adolescent health/RMNCH (reproductive, maternal, newborn, child health) project, enabling m2m to further develop a multi-layered network of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services for adolescent girls and young women, operating synergistically across households, schools, health facilities, and communities.
Launched in KZN, the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa, with the support of USAID through the DREAMS initiative, the project is focused on reducing HIV infections and HIV-related mortality and morbidity among adolescent girls and young women through m2m’s peer approach. Peer Mentors, between the ages of 20 to 24, promote HIV counseling and testing, as well as critically needed safer sex education, to other young people through youth clubs and support groups in schools and communities. They refer and link adolescent girls and young women to health centres for services, and link those who are positive to care for treatment, and to ensure prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV.
During ICAP Charity Day, m2m Founder Dr. Mitch Besser, m2m Trustee Samantha Bond, and some of our wonderful celebrity supporters became brokers, negotiating hard and closing big deals. In addition, m2m teamed up with HRH Prince Harry’s Sentebale to host a #BiketoBeatHIV Cycle Challenge, bringing attention to young people affected by HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
m2m was honoured to work with the incredible team at ICAP to take part of this awe-inspiring day. A big thank you to everyone involved.