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NEW YORK , Dec. 1, 2006 — Iman is marking an anniversary she wishes she didn't have to: the 25th year of AIDS.

She's a celebrity spokeswoman for Keep a Child Alive, which provides drugs for AIDS and HIV patients, and to support World AIDS Day on Friday, the organization is holding a charity auction on the Charity Folks Web site to raise money for HIV/AIDS care in Africa.

Why is the ex-supermodel, who was born in Somalia, so involved?

"First of all because I am an African and I have seen the continent being ravaged and ravaged and ravaged through the years," the 51-year-old wife of David Bowie told AP Television. "Unfortunately this year, AIDS is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Twenty-five million Africans have died, 60 million people around the world are infected with AIDS; 40 million are living with HIV ... The death toll is one problem, the economic structure of what it's doing to it is another problem. We're losing all our children."

Up for bid through Wednesday is a chance to co-name, along with singer Alicia Keys, an AIDS clinic in South Africa.

Other items — or, rather, brushes with celebrity — are being offered in the auction, including a private concert with Keys, lunch with actress Liv Tyler and a walk-on role in Spike Lee's next film.

Source: The Associated Press

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