Annie Lennox, OBE – Singer-Songwriter, Human Rights Activist
“It is an absolute honour and privilege to be able to contribute to supporting mothers2mothers, whose outstanding work has transformed the lives of almost 1.5 million HIV-positive mothers across nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa to date. With their visionary and innovative Mentor Mother Model, the m2m methodology is a gold standard for the education and support of mothers living with HIV. While one in three pregnant women are HIV-positive in Southern Africa, m2m’s work continues to be absolutely essential.”
Salma Hayek – Academy Award Nominated Actress, Producer, Director
“One of the things I found very impressive about mothers2mothers when talking to women who have gone through the mothers2mothers process is that at some point they all find themselves feeling almost like dust – like nothing – like dust that the wind can come, blow away and they can disappear; because their situation is so bad and they are so helpless – they can see no future and many of them thought about taking their lives. Then this sisterhood comes along and supports them, and these particles of dust become mountains. These girls that thought they had absolutely no worth can look themselves in the mirror and realise that they have not only changed the lives of many women but have saved thousands of children. Thousands of lives. And this is literal; I spoke to one Mentor Mother and we calculated that over 7000 HIV-negative kids have been born into this world because of her work alone, her work preventing the mother passing HIV to her baby.”
Samantha Bond – Actress
“I am honoured to be a Patron for mothers2mothers and to join the 1,600 Mentor Mothers that are committed to creating a generation free from HIV. I have had the opportunity to spend time with several Mentor Mothers since supporting m2m, and have continuously been astounded by their strength and resilience. It is clear that they are a force to be reckoned with and are advocates for change not just within their own communities, but beyond.”
Rochelle Humes – Television & Radio Host
“I am so honoured to join mothers2mothers as a Patron, having seen their invaluable work first-hand in Kenya in 2016. There, HIV-positive mothers told me about the anxious wait of finding out if their child was HIV-free but also about the hope and support they were given by m2m. Mentor Mothers, like the lovely Dorcus whom I met, have walked in their shoes and stand shoulder to shoulder with them by sharing knowledge and experience. As a mum of two little girls, my priority is that they grow into healthy teenagers. I’m excited to represent these inspiring women who help other mothers make this hope a reality.”
Annie Lennox is an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter and human rights activist. In 2003, she performed at the inaugural concert for Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS Foundation—a pivotal point on her life’s course and the first of many performances to advocate, raise awareness, and fundraise for the issue. She has subsequently served as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador and in 2007, she founded the SING campaign to support women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Annie is also the founder of The Circle—a not-for-profit organization that works to support and empower some of the most marginalised women and girls around the globe. In recognition of her humanitarian work, she received the Woman of Peace Award at the 2009 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and in 2011 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Since she first visited an m2m site in 2009, Annie has been a tireless supporter of our organisation, hosting a trilogy of electrifying events in London, and more recently delivering stunning performances in Los Angeles all in support of m2m. Annie continuously advocates for our work to eliminate paediatric AIDS and keep mothers and families healthy.
Rochelle Humes is a television and radio host who originally rose to prominence through S Club Juniors, and later through The Saturdays, scoring over twenty top 10 singles. Rochelle then turned her hand to presenting, having co-presented shows such as Children in Need, This Morning and The Xtra Factor. Since 2015 she has been presenting the highly popular Ninja Warrior UK, and as of 2018 presents Saturday early evenings on Heart Radio.
Academy Award Nominee Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer, and director, in both film and television. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and a BAFTA award for her leading role in Julie Taymor’s FRIDA. Alongside this, Salma has also dedicated much of her time to social activism. Since 2009, Salma has served on the board of the Kering Foundation, which aims to combat violence against women in the U.S., Western Europe, and Asia. In 2013, Salma, alongside Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Frida Giannini, the then creative director of Gucci, co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, an organisation dedicated to improving the education, help, and welfare of women and girls around the world.
In October 2017, Salma visited South Africa to meet m2m’s Mentor Mothers and witness first-hand the important work they do, and in November, she generously opened her home to host a private dinner benefitting m2m.
Samantha is an English screen and stage actress, best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films during the Pierce Brosnan years. She also played Lady Rosamund Painswick in the television series Downton Abbey. She has numerous credits in West End theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In recent years, Samantha has played leading roles on television in Home Fires, Fanny Hill, Outnumbered, Distant Shores, Donovan, Larkrise, Miss Marple, and Midsomer Murders. She is a trustee of The Royal Theatrical Fund, an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, and a Celebrity Supporter for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She was first introduced to mothers2mothers in 2015 through her attendance at a biennial fundraising dinner with fellow Downton Abbey cast members and has since continued to consistently advocate for our work to end paediatric AIDS. Over the past two years, she has dedicated her time on several occasions to attend and speak at events in the United Kingdom for mothers2mothers and has continued to learn more about our programmes and achievements through spending time with m2m Mentor Mothers.