September 2, 2014

(RED) and The Moth host first UK storytelling collaboration to raise awareness around the fight to end AIDS

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AIDS specialist, Dr. Patricia Asamoah, author Andrew Solomon and actress Lynn Ferguson told true stories of lives changes, improved and saved

On September 2nd, (RED), and the internationally acclaimed storytelling non-profit, The Moth, presented their first ever UK storytelling collaboration at an event to raise awareness around the fight against AIDS.

The evening featured true personal stories – told live and without notes – from storytellers including award-winning author, Andrew Solomon, stage and screen actress, Lynn Ferguson, and AIDS specialist Dr. Patricia Asamoah. Other attendees included Henry Conway, model Olivia Inge and Afrikan Boy.

Each story revolved around the theme of “Get a Life”, with tales of lives changed, improved and saved. Andrew Solomon told of his participation in a traditional African ceremony in the hopes of curing his depression, and Lynn Ferguson shared how she stood down doctors who insisted that dangerous tests be performed on her unborn child. Dr. Patricia Asamoah recounted her need to make tough, life-saving decisions as she tried to help a pregnant woman diagnosed with HIV deliver a baby born HIV-free.

Every day 650 babies are born with HIV. Life-saving medication – which costs as little as 25 pence per day – can prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus on to her unborn baby. Ending mother-to-child transmission is one of the milestones to beginning the end of AIDS, and (RED) has raised more than $250 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS to support the goal of an AIDS Free Generation.

The event also celebrated a new partnership between (RED) and GALAXY® chocolate that will generate £750,000 for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, focusing on preventing the transmission of HIV from mothers to their babies.

About The Moth

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, and a recipient of a 2012 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions (MACEI). Through its ongoing programs—The Moth Mainstage, The Moth StorySLAMs, The Moth Community & Education Programs, and Moth Corporate Programs—The Moth has presented more than ten thousand stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. The Moth podcast is downloaded nearly 25 million times a year, and the Peabody Award-winning The Moth Radio Hour, produced by Jay Allison and presented by PRX, The Public Radio Exchange, airs weekly on radio stations nationwide. The new Moth Mobile App for iOS and Android, and the US national bestseller, The Moth: This is a True Story (Serpent’s Tail), are available now.

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