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LAH delivers check to Rotary Club for AIDS project

Los Altos Hills donated $2,800 Sept. 13 to further the work of the Los Altos Rotary AIDS Project, an ongoing effort to eradicate HIV infection in Liberian newborns.

Los Altos Hills Mayor Rich Larsen presented the check to Rich Casey, president of the project, and Bill Balson, the Los Altos Hills resident who initiated the group’s funding request.

The town also gave $2,000 to support the Partners for Elder Generations program, headed by David Smith (see story on page 19).

Retired Los Altos High School Principal Dude Angus launched the Rotary AIDS group as president of the Rotary Club of Los Altos in 1989 after his son, Steve, died of the disease. Angius was instrumental in the production of “The Los Altos Story,” a documentary that has changed attitudes about HIV/AIDS throughout the world.

In the past three years, Casey has twice led Los Altos Rotarians and medical specialists on trips to Africa to establish ties with their partners in the Rotary Club of Sinkor, Liberia, and to organize HIV treatment training workshops for African health-care professionals. In support of the UNAIDS goal “Getting to Zero: Zero AIDS-Related Deaths, Zero New HIV infections, Zero Discrimination,” the Rotary Club of Los Altos seeks funding for a third health-care workshop to extend HIV prevention and treatment throughout Liberia.

For more information, visit www.RotaryAIDS-Project.org.

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