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AIDS Walk Africa / Time To Go Home - 2003-10-14

AIDS Walk Africa is over. The weeklong event was held to raise awareness and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS. It was sponsored by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and took walkers through South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Among those taking part was entertainer Kimberly Locke, who was featured on the American Idol TV program. Throughout the AIDS walk, Kimberly has talked with English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua about her experiences. Today, she spoke from Johannesburg, before her departure for the United States, about any special memories of AIDS Walk Africa.

She spoke of a day care center with 38 children. One woman took in thirteen of the children herself because they were AIDS orphans. Kimberly also spoke of a soccer match where many of children did not have shoes. Kimberly says there were about 30 walkers with each raising a minimum of $10,000.

Kimberly now calls Los Angeles home, but she is going back to the southern US city of Nashville, Tennessee where she will be working on her album. She also has a concert scheduled for her alma mater, Belmont University. One of her songs, her first single, is currently playing on Nashville radio stations. The song, Eighth World Wonder, is expected to be released nationally sometime in November.

Kimberly Locke says after her experience on AIDS Walk Africa she expects to include AIDS messages in some of her music. She says, “It’s all about love and that’s what I want to put into my music.”