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Post image for Spotted: Atherton resident Marty Arscott receiving GAIA’s Global Citizen Award

In honor of its 15th anniversary, the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) launched  the Global Citizen Award to recognize those who have committed themselves to creating an AIDS-free generation. Atherton resident Marty Arscott, GAIA Trustee and Chair, along with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, were the first to receive the award, presented earlier this month.

In her acceptance speech Marty remarked: “I yearn to reach beyond this very comfortable life and help people. What motivates me is the caring mission and the impact GAIA is having, serving hundreds of thousands each year. The groundwork is being laid to roll out replicable programs which will be pivotal to halting AIDS and bringing related healthcare to what we call the far end of the road. You are honoring me tonight, but I am the one grateful for this organization that gives all of us a chance to make a real difference where it is so desperately needed and to do so with compassion, integrity and care.”

Marty (right in photo) visited GAIA’s programs in Malawi along with long-time friend and GAIA supporter, Shirley Hagey (left in photo). The Menlo Park resident was on hand at the event to present Marty with the award.

The 15th anniversary event raised more than $440,000 for much needed healthcare services in Malawi, the poorest nation on earth, where GAIA works and one in six adults is HIV positive.

Photo by Sean Nolan

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Eats & Beats fundraiser for GAIA’s work in Malawi set for Feb. 8 at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Don your African prints (your own or buy  at the door) to enjoy an evening of fun and inspiration featuring: African food African music & dance featuring Baba Ken and the Nigerian Brothers And a brief new film about GAIA’s work in Malawi The public is welcome at this event which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 8 from […]

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Trinity Church members pedal bike ambulance on Peninsula to raise awareness about GAIA

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Trinity Church members Steve Andrew (center), Kathy Engelmann (right) and Katie Behroozi could be spotted around the mid-Peninsula today as they took turns pedaling a GAIA bike ambulance, a replica of similar bikes used every day in rural Africa to transport critically ill patients across dirt roads to the nearest clinic or hospital. Their goal was to […]

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Charity rummage sale at St. Bede’s in Menlo Park on June 28 will benefit GAIA

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St. Bede’s semi-annual rummage sale offers clothes, shoes, books, CDs, household items, toys, knickknacks, craft items and more — you never know what treasures you’ll find — plus free refreshments. The church promises prices that are famously low and friendly volunteers to help you find what you are looking for. The sale takes place in Lehman Hall, the […]

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Community invited to learn about GAIA’s work in Malawi at Trinity Church on Sept. 29

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Jones Laviwa (pictured above), GAIA’s in-country director in Malawi will be visiting Trinity Church in Menlo Park on Sunday, Sept. 29. GAIA stands for Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance, and focuses its work on the country in Africa hardest hit by the AIDS crisis. It was founded by the Rev. Bill Rankin, an Episcopal priest in […]

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Marty Arscott makes return trip to Malawi as Board Chair of Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance

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When we talked to Atherton resident Marty Arscott last fall about her first trip to Malawi in her capacity as Board Chair of U.S. Trustees of the nonprofit Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA), she said she’d be returning in a couple of years. That turned out to be closer to months. She returned in June […]

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GAIA founder to speak at St. Bede’s on March 11

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While AIDS may seem a manageable condition in the United States, where antiviral drugs are widely available, the disease continues to take a devastating toll in Africa. In Malawi alone, an annual rate of more than 50,000 deaths due to AIDS has created some 650,000 orphans to date. Among those working to stem that tide […]

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Marty Arscott: Helping the people of Malawi through GAIA

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While raising her four boys (born within five years, four months!), Marty Arscott, an Atherton resident since 1985, was active in school and community volunteering. But once they were grown and out of the house, she decided to take a hiatus from nonprofit work for a few years . “I wanted to intentionally stay away […]

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