Donation from Auckland Airport

Picture from left: Kristina, members of the HIV Stigma Index working group and Nic, bottom right.

The HIV Stigma Index Study got a surprise boost in September with a $1000 donation from Auckland Airport.

Nic Hill, an AUT psychology student, did 150 hours over 7-8 weeks work placement with us on the HIV Stigma Index project. His work involved the development of a training/guidance programme for interviewer personal mental and physical safety practices.

Nic’s mother, Kristina Cooper, works for Auckland Airport which has a staff annual gifting programme which supports educational, employment-related and environmental causes.

As a company, Auckland Airport want to be a good neighbour in the Auckland region and ‘do their bit’ for the communities they are part of and supported by their staff. Each year Auckland Airport puts aside $30,000 for community group grants and ask their staff to tell them who they would like Auckland Airport to support.

Unbeknownst to us, Kristina put forward the HIV Stigma Index project and it was accepted. Such a wonderful surprise.

The money will be used to cover costs to interview people living with HIV for the HIV Stigma Index study.

A HUGE THANK YOU, to Nic, Kristina and Auckland Airport.

CONGRATULATIONS to Nic for getting 100% for his AUT poster presentation of the work he did on the HIV Stigma Index.