Screen stars Sophia Loren and Jessica Lange have teamed up to raise awareness of children who are HIV-positive in Russia.
The actresses-turned-Unicef ambassadors spoke out at the Heart of Gold ceremony in Russian capital Moscow today (21MAY06), during which money was raised to fund heart and brain operations for kids.
The pair, who have been visiting orphanages and children's hospitals in the city, are determined to stamp out the stigmatisation of HIV sufferers and help them live more fulfilled lives.
Lange said, "Nationwide, tremendous work has to be done for children, specifically for HIV positive children.
"They are stigmatised. They have no possibility of being adopted, or to have equal education."
Loren added, "If I can do something for those in need, I'm always ready to do so."