Charlize Theron: The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP)

While many of you think of her latest film, Young Adult, when you hear the name Charlize Theron, or wonder about her love life, Charlize is obsessing over something way more important and way less trivial – victims of HIV/AIDS in her homeland. A native of Africa’s country of South Africa, it was in 2007 that she founded The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), in affiliation with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). The CTAOP is “committed to reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexual violence among African youth by supporting and collaborating with organizations that provide preventive education.”

The organization cares about the several million children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and the millions more living with the disease, in the total population, regardless of their ages. The outreach programs are so important to the education of the citizens, they even use mobile health clinics.

(Source: CTAOP/CharlizeAfrica YouTube page)

For more information about the outreach project or to see what you can do in her country, you can go to the CTAOP website at:

You may even be inspired to see what you can do in your own country, in order to help stomp out HIV/AIDS. We hope you are!


Bright Idea: Donating your car to charity

In 2008, it was time for me to finally say goodbye to my car and get a new one. It was time to move on from my little point A to point B, cherry red, two door 1985 BMW 325. It was a sturdy vehicle and served me well, but once I was ready to get a new car, I almost immediately knew that I wanted to pass it on to charity.

When I first heard about the possibility, I did some research, and while there are plenty of sites and organizations to choose from, I ended up using They have an easy to search list of charities to choose from. The charity site actually takes the car to a public auction, uses that money gained from the auction sale and donates that money to the organization you choose. It’s a great way to discard of your old car, with little to no fuss, and more importantly, a great way to help others who are in need.

My old car being hauled off to ultimately help someone in need...

The charity I chose was the African Aid Organization, formerly the African Child Care Association. It is “a non-profit organization devoted to providing first-class assistance, support, and education to the Most Vulnerable children in Sub-Saharan Africa. We help these children who are affected by HIV/AIDS or who deal with the hardships of poverty by investing in them and in their future.”

They can be found at