All's well that ends well! And that was it... The Lifeball....
For those who do not know what the Lifeball was, it was a charity run over 26 years by Gery Keszler that raised around 30 million euros for anti-AIDS causes in Austria and abroad.
The progress achieved in fighting AIDS over the last 26 years means it has become very hard to raise the funds to hold the event and sadly last night was the very last one.
On my second year working for the Lifeball I have mixed emotions: I'm grateful for being given this opportunity, I got to meet and work with incredibly amazing people but I'm also sad because I know there won't be another one. Since I arrived in Austria 13 years ago, I have dreamt of going to one of the famous Viennese balls and actually, would you believe it, I have never been to one as a guest, and my first one was this one. I was thrilled to work for them and each time looked forward to what the new theme was going to be. Last year was The Sound of Music and this year was United in Diversity: "Walking on the yellow brick road towards an ends to AIDS"
I'm super proud to have been part of such a noble cause and I hope that there will be another ball, because events like this in the world do not exist anywhere else and there needs to be more, to raise awareness, educate, prevent, treat and destigmatize AIDS and HIV.
Now I'm tired, my feet ache: Yesterday I had a long day; 12 hours non-stop working preceded by an intense week, rehearsals, airports and party, but it was fun and I'm sad there won't be another one. I just feel like I've broken up with someone I love. But I also know there are people who are sharing the same feeling I have as I write this.
I'm going to bed and will dream of the next Lifeball
To the organizers: Thank you Gery, Doris, Barbara, Stephan, Vanessa and Magdalena and to my most wonderful colleagues whom we shared a few laughs, we complained and laughed and laughed, Yuting, Maru, Stephan, Peter, Alvaro, Markus, Isabella and particularly to Jürgen for trusting me and giving me the task of photographing the Life+ Gala.
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