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I wear a ribbon I bought from a charity called the pin project. It is
in fact not a ribbon at all but an inch squared illustration of a red
ribbon made with african beads attached to a safety pin. They are made in
the townships near capetown, South Africa by the grandmothers of children
who have been orphaned because their parents have died from HIV. The money
the grandmothers earn from making these "pins" means that they can cafford
to continue looking after their grandchildren and they aren't abandoned at
I have worn my pin for nearly 3 years now, and as well as it's
original job of fundraising people still regularly ask me about what it
means and I can talk about the millions of people dieing of AIDS in
Africa, and often then sell more pins!
Friend of founder of the charity