The following article was written by Alex Kruger, Art for AIDS International Student Intern!

Art for AIDS International Cookies
Delicious Art for AIDS Cookies donated by Colie Cakes

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who came out to our event on March 27th: the “Art for AIDS International Exhibit: Showcasing UWO Talent”. The night was an overwhelming success and saw an amazing turnout. The cupcakes and cookies provided by Colie Cakes were both beautiful and delicious, the music performed by Graham Nicholas, Alanna Gurr, and Sam Allen was spectacular, and the art was inspiring. Thank to you all the contributors who made the night happen, especially Art for AIDS International’s amazing volunteers—without them the night would not have run as smoothly as it did. So, to everyone, a big thank you! 

I’d like to make a further, special thank you to Elvis Anber, master’s student in journalism at the University of Western Ontario, who attended the event and wrote a lovely article in support of the night and Art for AIDS International. Thank you so much for shedding light on a wonderful event and cause. You are always welcome as a part of our Art for AIDS family.

Feel free read Elvis’s article below so you can adore him as much as we do.

Alex Kruger emerges from the basement with fruit and vegetable platters and addresses a volunteer: “I forgot the signup sheet at home, but feel free to help out anywhere you like.” She unpacks the platters and begins arranging the food while welcoming guests for the night – all without missing a beat.

Kruger, 21, is an intern at Art for Aids International and co-organized the event last night on Dundas Street featuring the artwork of students from the University of Western Ontario. Proceeds from the evening are donated to not-for-profit organizations across Africa to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS.

For Kruger – a fourth-year honours student in media and the public interest at UWO – a personal tragedy prompted her to volunteer at the non-profit organization.

“I have a personal connection to HIV/AIDS. My uncle passed away from AIDS when I was 11. For me, it’s personal. I’ve always been very interested in social justice issues…But AIDS has been the one thing that I’m most passionate about,” says Kruger.

Read the rest of Elvis’s article at Congratulations Elvis!