Written by Kassi Nelson, Posted: Sun, August 17 2014 at 6:12 PM, Updated: Mon, August 18 2014 at 12:39 AM
Ashland, Ore. -- This year's 27th annual Daedalus Project is receiving attention from people committing to end aids all over the world.
The project aims to raise awareness and money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and remember and celebrate those who have died from the disease.
With their social media campaign people from across the globe have been taking pictures showing off red ribbons drawn on their hands. Hundreds of people from the Rogue Valley, to the East Coast, and even over seas have posted with #endaids and #daedalusproject.
"When human beings gather for something greater magic happens," the project director Eduardo Placer said. "And what happens this week, today, and tomorrow is definitely magical."
The project is put on by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company and audience members. Since they started the project 26 years ago they have raised $1,400,000. The money has gone toward free HIV testing in the Rogue Valley, a house in Medford for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS, scholarships for children in Kenya who are orphans because of AIDS, and other local organizations that provide HIV/AIDS education.
The festival started Aug. 12 and wraps up Aug. 18 with Daedalus Day. If you want to donate you can visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/act-v-the-end-of-aids.
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