New L.A. area Ebola billboards serve as solemn reminder that the Ebola crisis still rages in West Africa and needs ongoing worldwide attention and assistance. Billboards also augment message of AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s “Protecting Global Health: Ebola First Responders” Rose Parade float.
Following the Ebola deaths of two physicians working with AHF in West Africa, AHF is dedicating its 2015 Rose Parade float to honor the inspiring stories of all Ebola First Responders worldwide.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Khan family reception: Wed. Dec 31st 12noon-2pm in Hollywood:
Meet four surviving siblings of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, one of the AHF doctors who died of Ebola.
The siblings will ride on AHF’s Rose Parade float in honor of, and tribute to their fallen brother.
LOS ANGELES (December 26, 2014) To complement and augment its awareness-raising “Protecting Global Health: Ebola First Responders” 2015 float entry in the 126th Rose Parade®, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization which now cares for over 381,000 patients in 36 countries, has put up several billboards in the greater Los Angeles area with the headline “Lest We Forget: Ebola Deaths in Africa…” The billboards feature a ticker that reads 6,914—the number of Ebola deaths in Africa at the time of the artwork’s creation two weeks ago. That number has sadly grown to well over 7,000 since the boards were created and went up earlier this week.
These new Los Angeles area Ebola billboards serve as a forceful reminder that the Ebola crisis still rages in West Africa and needs ongoing worldwide attention and assistance. The billboards also enhance and augment the message of AHF’s “Ebola First Responders” float in 126th Rose Parade®.
Following the Ebola deaths of two physicians working with AIDS Healthcare Foundation in West Africa, AHF decided to dedicate its entry in the 126th Rose Parade® to honor the inspiring—often heartrending—stories of these Ebola First Responders working tirelessly to save lives worldwide. AHF’s float honors the doctors, nurses, medical assistants, orderlies and all health care and support workers—both living and deceased, anonymous or high profile—who work, or were working, tirelessly to contain Ebola. According to the New York Times, as of November 5th, 546 health care workers in West Africa have been infected with Ebola, and 310 have died.
AHF’s Rose Parade float—which will feature a 17-foot tall rotating heart created out of over 25,000 red roses as well as an eight-foot-wide seeded floral globe symbolizing the global scope of the Ebola fight—will also have oversized floral portraits of AHF’s Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who died of Ebola in Sierra Leone on July 29th, and Dr. John Taban Dada, who succumbed to the disease on October 9th in Liberia.
And in a poignant commemoration, four surviving siblings of Dr. Khan, who was the leading Ebola and Lassa Fever specialist in Sierra Leone, will ride on the float in tribute to, and in memory of their fallen brother. These siblings include brother Sahid Khan, of Philadelphia; brother Alhajie Khan; as well as sisters Umu Khan and Isatu “Assie” Khan Sei, all of the greater Washington, DC/Maryland area.
“AHF’s ‘Lest We Forget…’ billboards serve as a solemn reminder that Ebola is not over—the fight in West Africa goes on and the world must be vigilant in supporting the fight there and everywhere,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
AHF’s “Ebola: Lest We Forget…” billboards in the campaign went up earlier this week in the following four (4) locations in the greater Hollywood area:
- Sunset Blvd. at Van Ness, N/E corner
- Sunset Blvd. at Cahuenga, N/E corner
- Sunset Blvd.at Hollywood Blvd., N/W corner (across from Vista Theatre)
- (West Hollywood) Santa Monica Blvd. and Holloway in West Hollywood, N/E corner.
Fiesta Floats of Irwindale is envisioning and constructing AHF’s 2015 ‘Protecting Global Health—Ebola First Responders’ parade entry, as it did for AHF’s previous three entries.
In 2013, the Rose Parade attracted approximately 700,000 attendees, aired live nationally on eight networks to 56 million viewers, and was televised in 174 countries for an additional 28 million international viewers.
In addition, AHF will be hosting a Media Availability & Private Luncheon Reception Wednesday, December 31st from 12noon until 2:00pm in Hollywood to introduce four of nine surviving siblings of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, one of the AHF doctors who died of Ebola. The four siblings will ride on AHF’s Rose Parade float in honor of, and tribute to their fallen brother.
MEET MEDIA AVAILABILITY (& PRIVATE LUNCHEON RECEPTION): Meet family members of Dr. Khan, who will be riding on AHF’s 2015 Tournament of Roses float in honor of their fallen brother. Dr. Khan was the AIDS Healthcare physician in Sierra Leone who died of Ebola July 29, 2014.
December 31st 12 noon – 2:00 pm
AHF Department of Medicine
1811 Western Ave, Los Angeles CA 90027
Michael Weinstein, President, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Sahid Khan, (Philadelphia) brother of Dr. Khan
Alhajie Khan, brother; and sisters
Umu Khan and
Isatu “Assie” Khan Sei, (all of the Washington, DC/Maryland area).
NOTE: MEDIA, kindly RSVP to:
Ged Kenslea, +1.323.308.1833 work +1.323.791.5526 mobile [email protected]
Christopher Johnson, +1.323.960.4846 work +1.310.886.9913 mobile [email protected]
In 2014, the Rose Parade attracted approximately 700,000 attendees, aired live nationally on seven networks to nearly 55 million viewers, and was televised in 115 countries for an additional 25 million international viewers.