Atlanta Event Aims to Just Save One from HIV/AIDS


North Georgia United Methodists invited to February 25 event hosted by United Methodist Global AIDS Fund leaders

One thousand children are born every day with HIV according to UNAIDS, despite the fact that it costs less than $10 to prevent transmission of the virus from mother to child. In 2014, the United Methodist Global AIDS Fund (UMGAF) is focusing its efforts on preventing the transmission of HIV from mother to child with the Just Save One initiative. Just Save One emphasizes how even a small gift can make a big difference to one person living with HIV or AIDS.

There will be a free Just Save One event in Atlanta on Tuesday, February 25. It will take place from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, located at 781 Peachtree St. NE. The evening will focus on how individuals and church congregations can get involved to help fight this deadly pandemic and advocate for persons living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in the Atlanta area and around the world.

"The United Methodist Global AIDS Fund celebrates its partnership with the North Georgia Annual Conference in support of its work to provide AIDS education and advocacy,” said Linda Bales Todd, committee co-chair  “Although progress is being made, Georgia ranks sixth highest in the U.S. in AIDS cases with close to 40,000 infections.”

Through education, prevention and care programs in more than 35 countries, UMGAF is working toward an AIDS-free world.

Special guests in attendance will include Bishop B. Michael Watson, episcopal leader of the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Woodie White, Bishop-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University and retired Bishop Ann Sherer-Simpson.

“The effort to combat AIDS is still a much needed one,” said Bishop Woodie White. “The church must continue to be involved in the task of educating, as well as assisting those who have contracted the virus. I am pleased to acknowledge theongoing efforts of The United Methodist Church to be involved in this global health concern.”

RSVP for this event by sending an email to by February 19. For more information, visit To Just Save One, drop a check in the offering plate. Make it payable to your local church with UMCOR Advance #982345 in the memo line, or send it to P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY 10087.