Freddie Mercury and the Mercury Phoenix Trust, Be Freddie for a Day!

September 5, 2012, will mark the third annual “Freddie for a Day” fundraiser for the Mercury Phoenix Trust which supports HIV/AIDS research being held at the Savoy Hotel in London, England.  
The Mercury Phoenix Trust was founded in 1992 by Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor and Queen manager Jim Beach to help distribute money raised from the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS awareness. Since then, the Trust has raised over $15 million to help in the fight against AIDS worldwide.  That concert was one of the best I have ever seen and the performance by Extreme of it’s Queen medley blew the house down, it was amazing!
FFAD takes hold again this September, returning for it’s now annual fundraising event at the London Savoy on September 3 when the “famous” will be treated to another evening of Comedy and Rock’n’Roll. The nation gets to have their fun with it and make their own personal contribution on Freddie’s actual birthday on September 5.  For the arrival in our calendars of a day when across the world moustaches are glued on and some of Freddie’s famous costumes randomly reappear in public places, we have to acknowledge the handful of dedicated fans who in 2010 decided we should not forget how Freddie was lost and that we should continue to be alert and responsive to the cause.  The fight is not over, people living with HIV have much longer lifespans now than they did 20 years ago thanks to the medication cocktails that keep their virus levels at bay.  The discovery of these medications happened because of the many researchers working tirelessly to find ever better ways to control this disease.  There is even an HIV preventative vaccine in the works right now as we speak and it could be ready, hopefully in the next 10 years.  This is an amazing advancement and one that makes me believe that it could be possible to erradicate this illness in our lifetime.
 I was and am a huge Freddie Mercury and Queen fan.  I believe he was one of the greatest entertainers of our time.  Losing him was an awful reminder at how cruel the disease of AIDS is and how it can and will strike anyone at any socioeconomic level and no matter how talented or famous a person is.  It is an indiscriminate killer. 
For Freddie’s sake, let’s all put on a moustache this September 5!


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