The New York offices of AID FOR AIDS International were graced this week by a visit from Miss Universe, Ximena Navarette, whose reign ends on September 12 when Miss Universe 2011 is crowned in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ximena made it clear, however, that while her official duties are coming to an end, her commitment to the cause of fighting HIV and AIDS will go on.
“It has been a great privilege and a pleasure to work with AID FOR AIDS ,” said Ximena, who over the past year has joined us on tours of Panama and Dominican Republic, in addition to making other nation visits to spread the message of HIV prevention among students, educators, business and political leaders. During her year-long relationship with AFAI, she also met with many of our clients and beneficiaries in Latin America and New York, with whom she made an immediate and positive connection.
“The mission to combat the spread of HIV is a fundamental component of the Miss Universe program,” noted AFAI founder and executive director Jesus Aguais. “But, to Ximena, it was, and still is, something more. Even back when we gave Ximena her first HIV training classes, it was clear that this message went straight to her heart. We are sad to bid her an official farewell, but we wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”
In recognition of her work in HIV prevention throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Ximena was named an honorary member of AID FOR AIDS International. As such, Ximena will remain an integral part of the AID FOR AIDS family. We hope to see her again soon.
Meanwhile, AFAI will be continuing our partnership with the Miss Universe Organization, and we look forward to working with Ximena’s successor. Pageant officials, meanwhile, during this week’s visit to our office were quite taken by the look of our new Marc Jacobs-designed t-shirts and expressed their interest in helping promote the collection. Stay-tuned for word on how this fashion story develops.