To rip off a rather famous Fawlty Towers quote: “Don’t mention the HIV!”.
This is how I’m feeling attempting to fund-raise for the THT WalkForLife, and about HIV/sexual health in general.
In the real world people seem incredibly uncomfortable talking about sex, let alone sexual health and HIV, often resorting to jokes and then rapidly changing the subject. I had hoped that Twitter might have been different, but I’m increasingly being proven wrong. People seem happy to chatter on about reality TV, post pictures of cats in boxes and Lady Gaga videos but dare mention HIV and they clam up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no stranger to LOLcats and the Gaga, they definitely have their place on twitter – but so should important and meaningful content.
As I’ve mentioned I’m busy fund-raising for the THT WalkForLife, a event that raises essential funds for a great HIV charity. I’ve tweeted dozens of celebrities (gay and straight) as well as numerous organisations asking for their support – both in sponsorship and retweets, only two have retweeted me so far.
They seem happy to re-tweet appeals for sponsorship for cancer, or birthday wishes – but I’ve not seen a single re-tweet (of mine, or anyone else’s) about HIV. Is one click on the re-tweet button too much effort? Do they think they’re going to scare away their hundreds of thousands of followers with a single tweet about a HIV charity? I’m finding it frustrating beyond words. That one click could generate hundreds of pounds of much needed revenue for a very worthy cause.
So far, over the 12 days that I have been fund-raising 13 awesome people have donated an amazing £440.
But that’s 13 out of 1,356 followers. If everybody donated £1 that would be £1,356 I’d raised, if everyone donated £5 that would total £6,780 for THT.
Please, whether you’re a celebrity or a normal minion like me donate what you can – I’ve already paid my £15 registration and my train fares to London, and click that RT button. It’s free. It’s instant and it can help those people who need THT‘s support.
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