terrence higgins trust is the uk’s, if not europe’s, leading hiv* and sexual health charity founded in 1982, named after terry higgins, amongst the first people who died of an aids**-related illness that year.
* hiv: human immunodeficiency virus
** aids: acquired immune deficiency syndrome
i have been a regular donor of the british charity since 2018, when i finished my student life and started my career full-time.
what i like about the charity is not only the brilliant work they do to eliminate all the stigma and discrimination around hiv, but their approach to the issues surrounding hiv and sexual health is striking.
they promoted a unique and bold campaign during the covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
what fascinates more, the charity was established before i was born, and they clearly tell the history of hiv and sexual health to educate people to remember what people learnt since 1980s.
i always wanted to be a contributor in any kind, however my mother told me that i may donate what ‘i’ earn.
as a child with a (somewhat generous amount of) allowance, i wanted to become a contributor to change the world.
my mother has a very clear idea as to how i should spend money.
as long as i was financially relied on her, i ought to follow her, and i completely followed the lesson.
i was given plenty of time to consider which charity/charities i want to choose from.
and my answer was terrence higgins trust.
i am a firm believer that my small contribution will eventually make a difference in the society.