Sarah visits South Africa for Comic Relief - and we share her journey

Sarah Harding cradles a three-day-old baby just moments after hearing the heartbreaking news that he’ll have to be given an AIDS test in a few weeks.

‘He’s so cute. I can’t believe how tiny he is. 
It makes me feel 
broody,’ says Sarah, gentling tickling baby Loyiso’s delicate chin.

To raise awareness of this year’s Red Nose Day on 18 March, Now travelled to Cape Town with Sarah to see where some of the vital funds raised by Comic Relief are being spent.

The AIDS epidemic is still rife, with almost 1,000 people dying every day in South Africa alone.

During the trip we spend time at the incredible mothers2mothers project in Khayelitsha, which recruits women living with HIV to mentor recently diagnosed expectant mums.

‘I actually thought it was going 
to be really sad but I was amazed at how strong these women are,’ says Sarah.

‘A doctor can only advise them 
so much, so it’s great that mothers who’ve previously 
used the service are willing 
to come back as mentors to support HIV-positive mums-to-be.

‘They’re proof that you can live with HIV and not pass it 
on to the baby.’

Sarah had not expected her visit to South Africa to be such 
a life-changing trip.

‘I knew it would be tough at 
times but I didn’t realise how inspiring it would be,’ she says.

‘It sounds such a cliché, but every penny raised for Comic Relief and British Airways’ Flying Start counts, especially when you 
see where the money is being spent. It’s been an incredibly humbling experience.’

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