Methodists urged to give half their holiday money to AIDS charities

 Methodist church members have been urged by their annual Conference to give half the money they would normally spend on their holidays to charities working to end the spread of HIV and AIDS. Members were asked to think about going on a half price package holiday and donating what they have saved to charities working in countries being destroyed by the HIV/AIDS pandemic that is causing millions of deaths globally. A Notice of Motion, passed by the Methodist Conference in Wolverhampton, put forward by the Rev Demetris Palos of the Birmingham district, says: "Conference calls on all members to consider making a special contribution towards the eradication of HIV/AIDS and ministering to those affected by, for example, forfeiting half their holiday spending and donating to appeals such as by the MRDF and Christian Aid's 'Choose Hope'." The motion went on to call for drug companies to make cheaper AIDS drugs available to poor countries, saying: "Conference resolves to be an advocate, calling on pharmaceutical companies to make affordable drugs available, particularly for disadvantaged nations, and urging Government to make available substantially more funding for AIDS research." source: Methodist Media Office

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