Bush Gets XIX International AIDS Conference - Rowing with the Tide Award

"Many people are alive today, because President Bush thought it was the right thing to do by supplying antiretroviral therapy for poorer parts of the world" - Victor Mooney, New York City AIDS Activist

Online PR News – 01-April-2012 – Washington, D.C. – During the XIX International AIDS Conference 2012 - Rowing with the Tide, a six-hundred mile solo coastal row from New York City to Washington, D.C. , President George W. Bush will be honored for his historic commitment to the fight against global HIV/AIDS. In his 2003 State of the Union Address, President Bush announced the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to combat global HIV/AIDS. Later that year, President Bush signed the initial 5-year, $15 billion authorizing legislation that had been approved with strong bipartisan support. President Bush viewed this commitment as a central part of America's foreign policy to help alleviate the despair that allows extremism to take hold.

PEPFAR is the largest international health initiative in history to fight a single disease. This effort has helped bring life-saving treatment to more than 2.1 million people and care for more than 10 million people – including more than four million orphans and vulnerable children – around the world. PEPFAR's success is rooted in U.S. support for local programs that use the power of partnerships among governments, foundations, non-governmental organizations, faith-based groups, and the private sector.

These awards are also being presented to Pfizer, Gilead Sciences, Inc., VIVI Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Bristol Myers Squibb, MERCK, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Mylan Laboratories Limited for there great corporate social responsibility in the fight against AIDS. The ceremony and awards will be presented at Rowing with the Tide port of call stops, which include South Street Seaport (New York City), Frank Farley State Marina (Atlantic City), Philadelphia Marine Center (Philadelphia), Delaware City Marina (Delaware), National Sailing Hall of Fame (Annapolis) and Washington Marina (Washington, D.C.).

The second round of awardees will be announced on National HIV Testing Day - June 27. Rowing with the Tide is an affiliated independent event for the XIX International AIDS Conference. For more, visit http://www.goreechallenge.com.