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The board and staff of the EJAF is sad to announce the loss of devoted Advisory Board member Charles Farthing, MD.

 

 

The New Zealand native was a renowned pioneer in HIV medicine.  He established one of the first AIDS clinics in the United Kingdom, eventually becoming a government advisor on HIV/AIDS.  His studies brought him to New York, where he served as Director of the AIDS program at Bellevue Hospital. He then served for many years as the Medical Director of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, building the organisation’s medical structure into a global presence and presiding over the implementation of the “triple combination cocktail” that turned AIDS into a manageable disease.  In 2005, he was named “Outstanding Physician” by TheBody.com in recognition of his work.  At the time of his death, Dr. Farthing was serving as the Asia Pacific Director of Medical Affairs for HIV and Anti-Infectives at Merck Sharp & Dohme.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation sends condolences and thoughts go out to Charles’ spouse, Doug Louie, and his family.

In other developments, this Sunday, the EJAF team is running the London Marathon in support of the charity’s work around the globe. Their Fundraising Manager, Glenn Horder, is participating alongside fitness icon Arron Murphy and Jeremy Joseph, owner of London’s G-A-Y nightclub, as they raise funds and awareness to create an AIDS free future.

Over the past five years, Jeremy and his staff at G-A-Y have raised over £250,000 for the foundation. Although Jeremy dislikes running, he chose to challenge himself with the Marathon to show his incredible commitment to raising these funds.  

“I am very, very, very nervous. My stomach is going round like a washing machine,” he admits. “But also excited about reaching the £250,000 goal. I just want to say thank you to everyone who has donated, and to ask those who haven’t to please do it.

The great thing about the Elton John AIDS Foundation is that they fund frontline programmes to reach the people that need help the most. The Foundation needs people to support this work in whatever way they can, and I’m proud to have found an effective way to help.”

Jeremy has also organised a second challenge that will take place on Sunday. For each of the 26 miles that he runs, the Run for Life aims to test one person for HIV who has never been tested before.  56 Dean St will perform the testing at
G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street in London’s Soho.

And on Sunday, June 1, Home House is proud to hosting its inaugural Home Coming festival music event, Songs in the Key of London, to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and in partnership with English luxury mobile phone brand, Vertu.

Guests will be treated to a string of performances from an eclectic selection of artists. These will include the Strypes, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Suggs, Glenn Tilbrook, and Chris Difford of Squeeze. All will perform tracks that celebrate London. Songs in The Key of London is hosted by Difford, a dedicated lifelong member of Home House.  A backing band put together by Guy Barker will form part of the house band for the evening.

In between sets, celebrity guest DJs will spin the decks creating a relaxed summer vibe, whilst Home House, an exclusive private members club, will serve a sumptuous mix of tasty food and cool cocktails (included in the ticket price).

Tickets are limited. (*£155.25 ticket of which £150 will benefit the EJAF + £1.50 booking fee. No booking fee applies when purchased in person at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Box Office).

Those who prefer to call can dial +44(0)844 826 42 42 and quote “the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”