Beckham To Sell Clothes To Help Women With HIV
Victoria Beckham is giving away 600 pieces of her clothing to raise money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.
The fashion designer and former pop star's Dolce and Gabbana dress, worn for the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, is just one item to go under the hammer.
Money raised will go to mothers2mothers (m2m) - a charity that works to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies in nine countries.
The money raised from the auction of Beckham's evening gowns, hats, shoes, bags, jewellery and costume pieces will be "transformational" for the organisation that trains and employs mothers living with HIV to mentor other HIV-positive mothers in their community, m2m founder, Mitch Besser, said.
The women work alongside doctors and nurses in understaffed health centres as members of the healthcare team.
"We've reached 1.2 million mothers since we started, but with more resources, we can reach more mothers. With more reach we prevent more infections and we keep more mothers alive to take care of their kids," said Mr Besser, an obstetrician and gynaecologist by training.
THE OUTNET.COM, the online fashion outlet which will host the private online sale from August 20 to 25, said Beckham chose to donate proceeds to m2m after visiting South Africa in February and meeting some of the mothers affected by HIV.
"After spending just a few days with these remarkable women and learning more about the charity from Mitch, and his lovely wife Annie Lennox, I wanted to do as much as I could," she said in a statement.
"It really was a life-changing experience. I've never experienced anything like it."
Sub-Saharan Africa is still the region hardest hit by HIV, with 24.7 million HIV-positive people in 2013.
Women account for 58% of those living with HIV in the region, which is also home to 85% of pregnant women living with HIV, according to UNAIDS.
In November Victoria and David Beckham sold their unwanted clothes at a Red Cross charity shop in London in aid of victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.