MAC Cosmetics artists commemorate World AIDS Day in Australia

Australian MAC artists have joined hundreds of MAC employees from around the world to extend the work of the MAC AIDS Fund.

On Wednesday, December 1 MAC Cosmetics makeup artists and employees from around Australia put away their makeup kits and donned red ribbons to participate in a company-wide volunteer effort to honour World AIDS Day.

The initiative – part of a worldwide effort involving more than 1400 MAC employees in 120 North American cities and 30 countries—is organised to demonstrate the company’s longstanding commitment to the global fight against HIV/AIDS and strengthens the artists’ relationship with the brand’s philanthropic foundation, the MAC AIDS Fund (MAF), and its many grantees.

MAC artists from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth pitched in to help at various organisations.

In Sydney, artists sold ribbons for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and visited the Sydney Children’s Hospital in support of Camp Goodtime, the national camp for children and families living with HIV while in Melbourne, they visited the Victorian AIDS Council.

Since 1998 the MAF has donated over $2 million to charities in NSW and Victoria. MAC Artists were also on hand at the Red Luncheon which was organised by the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities (QAHC). QAHC has received $259,076 in grants from MAF since 2003

In Perth, they worked with female clients of the West Australian AIDS Council. Since 2001, $156,278 has been raised through the sale of Viva Glam in Perth to benefit the organisation.

“One of the main reasons I love working at MAC is because of VIVA GLAM and all the good work the MAC AIDS Fund does in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The experience of volunteering with my fellow artists on World AIDS Day is inspiring and a real way for me to give back,” said Nicole Thompson, MAC Australia Senior Artist.

One hundred percent of the sales price of M∙A∙C’s VIVA GLAM Lipsticks and Lipglasses goes directly to the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, benefiting grantees in more than 30 countries. To date, the company has donated more than $180 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The MAC AIDS Fund was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally.

MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organisations working with under-served regions and populations.

Contact: MAC Cosmetics Australia 1800 613 828.

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