May 22, 2016
“Don’t forget to laugh” was Guido Westerwelle’s appeal to the audience at last year’s gala. On Saturday in Bonn, the fifth annual opera gala for the German AIDS Foundation was dedicated to the memory of the former foreign minister, who died of leukemia earlier this year. Despite successes in combating the worldwide immune-deficiency disease, the activities of the AIDS Foundation are still necessary, said Norbert Lammert, president of Germany’s parliament, classical music buff and patron of the event. “Notable progress and the foundation’s dedicated work, however, give reason for hope that we can get the health crisis under control,” he added.
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