Anglicans across the country, in ways large and small, are taking the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa seriously and are finding ways to help. To mark World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, here is a sampling of some of these efforts:
* Churches in the dioceses of Ottawa, New Westminster and Huron are selling beaded badges that bear the AIDS red ribbon and South African flag. Sales benefit an AIDS support group at Brown's Farm, one of the poorest communities in Cape Town. All members of the group are HIV-positive and funds are used for food, clothing and school fees. Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver has sold more than 800 badges and raised about $4,000. In Huron, parishioners at Rev. Rob Towler's St. Andrew's Memorial church in Kitchener, Ont., bought more than 125 at $5 each. Canon Allen Box at All Saints (Westboro) in Ottawa (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the contact person for the badges.
* The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) held four regional meetings in October and November to introduce a new video about its program to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa and to review other programs. The sessions were held in Kingston, Ont.; Halifax, Vancouver and Regina.
* PWRDF's AIDS banner--a giant ribbon made of cloth squares carrying messages from Anglicans at last summer's General Synod and since expanded--traveled in mid-November to the diocese of Niagara for its synod and for World AIDS Day. …