Last night in New York City Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete, was welcomed as Cielo Latino’s newest “Madrina” in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
In a beautiful reception on a high floor of Manhattan’s Time Warner Center, Guillermo Chacon, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS presented the Mexican beauty with flowers, a custom necklace with a pendant in the shape of a sun, a symbol of hope designed by a Mexican artisan, and a plaque naming her an ambassador for the cause. The honor officially recognizes her as a supporter and partner in the fight against the deadly virus, as part of Cielo Latino and the Latino Commission on AIDS’ continuing efforts to bring awareness of the disease to the Latino world.
She had the following to say to the press:
“Together we can make a difference. We must transmit a message of prevention, to fight discrimination. Get tested. Ask questions. Find out your status.”
This year’s Cielo Latino Benefit will take place on May 10th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. The benefit will honor, among others, Anderson Cooper, Anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Jose “Pepe” Morales, who will be honored with awards created by the Commission to recognize leaders who, through their efforts, have contributed to improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS and to the fight against the disease in the Latino community. Also to be honored is Humberto Cruz, Director of the AIDS Institute. Attendees will include actress Rosie Perez, and Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, and will feature live music by the New Swing Sextet.
Since Ximena Navarrete will be unable to attend Cielo Latino because prior commitments elsewhere, the Latino Commission chose to present her with the “Madrina” honors at last night’s reception. Tr3s.com sat down with Navarrete to talk about her message for Latino youth.
Tr3s: So now that you’ve been named the latest Madrina for the Latino Comission on AIDS, what would you like to say to young Latinos?
XN: Above all the most important thing is to prevent in order not to regret. I think that you must ask. Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and say ‘I don’t know.’
The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit organization which was founded more than a decade ago to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS and addressing health challenges in the Latino community. The Commission serves Latinos in more than 40 states and Puerto Rico, providing services bilingually in health education, HIV prevention, advocacy and awareness and research.
Each year at the Cielo Latino fundraiser gala, the Latino Commission names its Madrinas and Madrinos for that year. The term, meaning ‘godmother’ or ‘godfather’ reflects the high importance of that role in Latino/Hispanic culture, as an “important family member on whom a family relies for support.” The Miss Universe (registered trademark) Organization, a joint venture of Donald Trump and NBC-Universal, empowers role models of beauty, health and leadership for young girls around the world. The organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of HIV/AIDS, with a focus on women’s health issues including reproductive health.
By: Vanessa Beatriz Soto