The number 46664 has become as recognisable as the man himself. Mandela. He is an iconic figure to the people of South Africa and the world.
I love the fact that this number, given to Mandela as a prisoner on Robben Island by the Apartheid Government, is now being used for the global awareness and fight against HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is well documented and written about, however to actually see it ravage a person whom you know brings it home to the importance of campaigns like these.
A new initiative has just been launched to ensure ongoing funding for the 46664 campaign, it’s a bangle made from precious metals. What I really like about it is that it also going to uplift those who are already infected with HIV/AIDS. They will be able to earn a weekly income by being employed to manufacture these bangles.
The website itself will be able to explain everything in better detail than I can so check it out at www.46664.com/bangle.
I am a little dissapointed that as the bangle is only produced in precious metals, like Platinum, Gold and Silver, it may only be affordable to those of a higher financial bracket and therefore it can become an ‘elitest’ fashion accessory . My only wish is that they brought out a ‘stainless steel’ bangle that would be more affordable and available to more people, especially in South Africa with a weaker Rand.
I suppose it is the money that counts.