Tuesday, July 31, 2001 -- Former President Bill Clinton, Advisory Board Chair
NEW YORK CITY (Tuesday, July 31, 2001) -- Former President Bill Clinton, Advisory Board Chair of the International AIDS Trust (IAT), and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, 10-Time Grammy-Award winning Singer/Songwriter/Producer, today announced a new partnership to fight AIDS in Africa -- and globally, by helping to raise public awareness and money to support essential life-saving programs for the millions of individuals and families desperately in need.
"To win this war, we will need to win the heart and minds of people across the country and around the world -- and there is no one who is better able to help us make that happen than Babyface," said former President William Jefferson Clinton, chairman of IAT's Advisory Board. "Young and old, black and white, African and American, Babyface moves us all." To increase his understanding of the impact on AIDS in Africa, Babyface will join International AIDS Trust leaders on a fact-finding mission to visit some of the organizations to be supported by this initiative. Babyface then plans to perform two live concerts to benefit the work of the IAT-- the first to be held in South Africa and the second to occur in New York City. Babyface also plans to produce a new CD, with proceeds donated to IAT's programs to raise awareness as well as to make a tangible difference in the lives of people with AIDS.
The partnership will be ongoing. "Behind all of the horrifying statistics are real children and families desperately in need. I am honored to have been asked by former President Clinton and Sandra Thurman to assist them in this fight against AIDS. I believe that the International AIDS Trust will make a significant difference. We will be reaching out to others to enlist their help in our fight to make this difference in the lives of so many who are in need of our immediate help," said Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
"We are very thrilled that Babyface has decided to lend his time and extraordinary talent to the battle against AIDS and to the International AIDS Trust," said Thurman. "His generosity and commitment will undoubtedly save lives."