Yard sale revenue will help buy Plumpynut to aid malnurished African children

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TRURO - A yard sale in Truro this weekend will help save the lives of malnourished children in Africa.
Al McNutt will be holding the yard sale Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at 33 Pleasant St. The proceeds will go to Doctors Without Borders to help supply them with Plumpy'nut, a food which is being called a life saver.
"I first heard about Plumpy'nut on TV," said McNutt. "Anderson Cooper (of CNN) had a report on it and when I heard it I wanted to help."
Plumpy'nut is a fortified peanut butter-based food which is rich in vital vitamins, minerals and calories. Children who are given this food usually show dramatically increased health within three weeks.
Plumpy'nut was created by AndrÉ Briend, a French scientist who spent years working in humanitarian crises. He worked on more than one form of food, but came up with the idea of creating a paste while looking at a bottle of Nutella on his kitchen table. Plumpy'nut is packaged in sachets and small tubs and doesn't require refrigeration.
Peanuts provide many health benefits and peanut allergies are not often found in Africa.
The UN estimates that 150,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished in Niger and 650,000 more are moderately malnourished.
"The Northern AIDS Connection Society (NACS) staff and volunteers are not only concerned about the issues around HIV, but also issues such as malnutrition and starvation," said McNutt, chairman of NACS. "There is a connection between these issues. Some of the factors involved in HIV transmission are malnutrition and a lack of clean water. If children have a good start it could have an impact on their health later in life."
McNutt also reminds people that it's time to prepare for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life. "The walk is a way of generating much-needed awareness, as well as funds for the group to carry out its work," he said. "I would like to acknowledge Sobeys for their generous sponsorship of all walks in Atlantic Canada this year."
Lauren Grant, the summer walk co-ordinator, said there are plans for walks this year in Truro, New Glasgow, Amherst and Elmsdale. The fundraising goal is $30,000.
"I'd like to see a lot of people get involved because HIV/AIDS truly does affect us all," she said. "It has been a great experience working here for the summer. I thought I knew a lot about HIV/AIDS, but when I got here it opened my eyes. I learned there was a lot I didn't know."
The walk will be held on Sept. 21, with registration at noon and the walk beginning at 1 p.m. Pledge sheets are now available. More information can be obtained by calling 895-0931.

Organizations: Northern AIDS Connection Society, Doctors Without Borders, CNN UN Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Sobeys

Geographic location: TRURO, Africa, Niger Atlantic Canada New Glasgow Elmsdale

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