Princess Stephanie and World AIDS Day

  December 4, 2010 at 4:46 am by

As the founder of Monaco’s leading AIDS charity, Princess Stephanie would not ignore World AIDS Day, the global movement founded in the 80s to tackle HIV and AIDS. The princess, who is the youngest child of the late Princess Grace and the late Prince Rainier III, founded her own organization, Fight AIDS Monaco, in 2004.

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Not only did she not ignore the commemoration of both fight and survivors on Wednesday, 1 December, she organized an auction of vintage art and photographs for the benefit of her flagship cause. The biggest sale of the evening was a work of art by Damien Hirst and it fetched 110,000 Euros. Two photographs of Princess Stephanie’s mother, former actress Grace Kelly, shooting the film To Catch a Thief sold for 41,000 and 50,000 Euros respectively.

The auction is annually organized for World AIDS Day. Last year, there were other works by Damien Hirst, Combas, Folon, Edward Quinn, among others. Over the years, the event has raised approximately 200-300,000 Euros for the activities sponsored by Fight AIDS Monaco.

There was something definitely new about this year’s auction, however. That was the presence of Charlene Wittstock, future Princess of Monaco and sister-in-law of Princess Stephanie. We only want to know from the Princess, where was Miss Wittstock’s ribbon?

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The auction was one of a series of activities the Princess has on the books for the month for December to promote the critical importance of everyone to be tested. In a radio interview only a few days before the auction, the Princess told her host, Pascal Olmeta, that the thrust of her mission is to promote screening, to fight the discrimination against AIDS patients and the social isolation of HIV people, and to encourage governments to become more active in the cause.

The Columbus Show Beach Soccer on 10-11 December will raise more funds for Fight AIDS Monaco.

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