For the second straight year, AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) is pleased to welcome Lambda Sigma Upsilon, the national Latino fraternity, as our AIDS Walk partner. All AIDS Walk 2011 funds raised by Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latino Fraternity Inc. (LSU) will be donated to AFAI.
Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latino Fraternity Inc., founded in 1979 by 20 Latino students concerned with the lack of support for minorities on college and university campuses, has grown to 57 chapters across the country. Among its many community service initiatives is the “Live Safe” campaign, which emphasizes the importance of HIV testing at a time when as many as one in five people living with HIV do not know their status (www.lsu79.org).
This latest AFAI-LSU alliance, however, will extend well beyond the May 15 AIDS Walk. The two organizations are currently discussing ambitious joint programs in a number of critical areas, including HIV awareness and testing, and preventive education, as well as fundraising.
“There is a lot of synergy between the goals of the two organizations,” noted AFAI executive director Jesus Aguais. “The ‘Live Safe’ campaign meshes beautifully with our HIV testing program for Spanish-speaking immigrants in New York, and LSU’s focus on HIV prevention fits with our ‘Cuanto Sabes?’ program for adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean. No question, this relationship is a natural combination.”