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Exactly 20 years ago today, the world lost an angel but she stills remain alive in our hearts forever.
Princess Diana Spencer was beloved by millions of people everywhere around the world for more than her royal status and sophisticated fashion sense.
It was the compassion in Diana’s smile, and the kindness in her eyes that made a nation fall in love with her.
Lady Diana used her position as a member of the royal family to shine the spotlight on major world issues.
Having struggled with bulimia, depression and thoughts of suicide, Lady Di managed to rise above her personal challenges to bring attention to the people in need, she was the president of over 100 charities.
Here are the 4 most well known areas of charities to which she has raised awareness:
1)She changed the world’s perception of HIV/AIDS.
In 1987 there was still a lack of widespread education on how AIDS was contracted and many people believed that AIDS was contagious through casual contact. The same year Diana was invited to open Britain’s first AIDS ward at Middlesex hospital. A photograph, which made front-page news around the world,showed her shaking hands with HIV-positive patients without wearing gloves This publicly challenged the notion that HIV/AIDS was passed from person to person by touch and highlighted Diana’s affection and compassion for people living with the disease.
In addition to her many visits around the world to AIDS patients, the charity work of Princess Diana also supported the work of the National Aids Trust which seek to education, promote research and in other ways positively influence the fight against AIDS.
2)She led a campaign to ban landmines around the world
The world saw pictures and video of the princess touring land mine fields in flack jacket and helmet, putting her own safety at risk as she walked through a recently cleared minefield, her concern over the use of land mines was largely for those they injured particularly children and others after the conflict was over.
Her work encouraged the signing of an international treaty in 1997 that outlawed land mines.
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3) She raised awareness of leprosy.
Diana traveled to countries with a high leprosy rate in order to remove the stigma surrounding the disease. She visited hospitals in India, Nepal and Zimbabwe and by spending time with patients, she dispelled one of the myths surrounding the illness that it can be passed on by touch.
4)She reached out to sick children.
She visited suffering children at many hospitals and was a often being photographed holding ,comforting and made a personal connection with them.
Speaking about her work with one of the hospital in London she said: “I make the trips at least three times a week, and spend up to four hours at a time with patients holding their hands and talking to them. Some of them will live and some will die, but they all need to be loved while they are here. I try to be there for them.”
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Her legacy lives on in her sons, both of whom have carried on her tradition of humanitarianism.