On the 17th of July 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot out of the air over Ukraine airspace, killing all on board.
A number of those passengers were AIDS researchers and policy makers headed to the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne - amongst those lost include prominent HIV researcher and University of Amsterdam Dept of Global Health head Joep Lange, as well as World Health Organisation spokesman Glenn Raymond Thomas.
In honor of MH17 and those lost on board, I am setting up a fundraiser for the Malaysian AIDS Foundation, which manages funds for the Malaysian AIDS Council. The Malaysian AIDS Council supports the works of NGOs and others in providing care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, raising awareness about HIV/AIDS, and preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Your donations will go straight to MAC, minus fees by SimpleGiving (5% plus PayPal charges). I've contacted MAC and they referred me to here as the best way to collect funds from overseas.
QUICK GUIDE TO DONATION AMOUNTS:
All donation amounts on the site are in Malaysian Ringgit. PayPal takes care of the conversion upon donating. Here is a chart that converts them to US Dollars, approximately (as of 19 July 2014):
1 MYR = 0.31 USD
10 MYR = 3.14 USD
50 MYR = 15.71 USD
100 MYR = 31.41 USD
250 MYR = 78.53 USD
500 MYR = 157.05 USD
You can also donate directly via bank transfer to:
Name = MALAYSIAN AIDS FOUNDATION
Account No = 514105421257
Swift Code = MBB-MBBEMYKL
and forward the transaction slip to Arif at arif[at]mac.org.my
You can also send a cross cheque made out to the Malaysia AIDS Foundation at:
Malaysian AIDS Foundation
No 12, Jalan 13/48A,
The Boulevard Shop Office,
Off Jalan Sentul
51000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I (Tiara) am not personally affiliated with MAC - I am, however, Malaysian (and a frequent flyer with MAS) and the recent news events of both MH17 and MH370 have affected me deeply.
Thank you for your support.