Dr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of Austria
There is no doubt about it: the Life Ball in Vienna rightly attracts a high degree of media attention – both within Austria and far beyond its borders. Characterized by its full dedication to support HIV-positive people and those who are ill with AIDS, its organizers do deserve full recognition for their enormous commitment throughout the year. Moreover, the ball in its unique feature sets a distinctive and successful example for tolerance and openness, year after year, since 1993. The Life Ball thus has contributed a lot to the social acceptance of »being different«, clearly rejecting social exclusion and vilification.
Sharon Stone, Actress
We can’t end AIDS if we don’t stand up for our humanity. It’s going to matter if we make a difference for human rights.
President Bill Clinton, William J. Clinton Foundation
Since 2002, the Clinton Health Access Initiative has worked to bring organization and investment to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. To date, more than 4 million have benefited from our negotiations that have lowered the prices on lifesaving medicines that had previously been inaccessible in the developing world. Though we’ve made great progress in the last decade – in good part because of Gery Keszler’s enduring vision and the attention and resources Life Ball has raised in support of this fight – we all must do more to prevent new infections and build stronger healthy systems. With every Life Ball I attend, I grow more optimistic that we have the determination, the innovation, and the obligation to build a world that is more equitable, prosperous, and AIDS-free for our children and grandchildren.
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director UNAIDS
UNAIDS is a proud partner and supporter of AIDS LIFE and the Life Ball. Our collaboration underscores the importance of building innovative partnerships in the AIDS response as a way to reach more people with messages on HIV prevention and the importance of addressing stigma and discrimination. The upcoming AIDS Solidarity Gala and Life Ball will provide us with an additional international platform to raise awareness on the progress made as well as the challenges remaining in the AIDS response. I look forward to participating in this year’s events in Vienna, alongside my friend Gery Keszler and the many other advocates who work tirelessly to make Life Ball happen.
Janet Jackson, amfAR – The Foundation for AIDS Research
HIV/AIDS is a pandemic which requires our immediate and continued attention. So much progress has been made, thanks to leading organizations such as amfAR, in the fight. Combination therapy has made HIV a maintainable disease, but sadly, there is still no cure and it continues to spread at alarming rates. HIV/AIDS is a continuing hazard, both in the Unites States and abroad. This is why I am honored to join with amfAR to bring awareness and help raise the much needed funding for their work.