Borders group helping to combat effects of HIV and AIDS in Africa

Since 2005 the Scottish Borders Africa Aids Group (SBAAG) has raised nearly £90,000, of which more than £85,000 has been donated to small projects in Africa.

Treasurer Tim Usher will give this news to the Annual General Meeting of the charity on Sunday. The remaining £3,000 or so will be used to start next year’s work.

SBAAG was formed in 2002 by friends, patients and colleagues of doctors Sandy and Dorothy Logie, and as a lasting memorial to Sandy, the Sandy Logie Clinic, for people living with HIV and AIDS was established in the St Francis Hospital where he worked in Ketate, Zambia. Recently, St Francis was twinned with the Borders General Hospital (BGH), and several members of staff have made training trips to St Francis’ Hospital.

SBAAG furthers education about HIV and AIDS in the Borders, raises awareness of the devastating effect of the disease in Africa, and raises funds for projects which seek to combat these effects, especially projects relating to the education of young people and the support of families affected, often devastated, by HIV.

It has no premises and no paid staff so overheads are minimal (and amply covered by members’ subscriptions). It gives directly to projects, and only if the organisers are known personally to a member of SBAAG, so that every penny donors give goes to support the chosen project.

SBAAG invites anyone with an interest in the fight against AIDS in Africa to the AGM, in the Chaplaincy Centre at BGH on Sunday 13 November, from 2.30 till 4.00 pm.

World AIDS day is on December 1, and members of SBAAG will be at Tesco in Galashiels, 10am-4pm to answer questions and receive donations.

SBAAG is online at www.onlineborders.org.uk/community/sbaag orfr more information phone 01896 754812.