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CIRCLE OF HOPE in Los Angeles, CA 

World AIDS Orphans Day brings together mayors and elected officials, organizations, concerned individuals and the media to advocate for donor governments to dedicate 10% of all HIV and AIDS funding to support children affected by AIDS.

Hundreds supported the of launch of May 7 Coalition (www.7may.org) in Los Angeles by forming an aerial image entitled, “Circle Of Hope”, on Sunday, May 7, World AIDS Orphans Day. The event was part of a worldwide effort, initiated by FXB International, urging mayors and elected officials to sign a proclamation recognizing objectives set out in the 2001 United Nations Declaration of Commitments on HIV/AIDS, including increased funding for AIDS orphans and their communities. Elected representatives from 271 cities in 38 countries have signed the proclamation so far. Presently, the number of orphans is estimated to be 15 million, and is expected to rise to 100 million by 2010.

Photo by Spectral Q/Dara Blumenhein