French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has joined the efforts of the Hadassah Medical Organization and Hadassah-France to help raise money for AIDS research.
The fund will also be in aid of treatment of HIV/AIDS patients at Jerusalem's Hadassah-University Medical Centre, and an outreach program in African countries.
Bruni was the guest of honour at a Paris gala dinner for Hadassah-France (now marking its 25th anniversary) to raise money for AIDS prevention, education and treatment.
The former model and actress, who is goodwill ambassador of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, visited the new paediatric oncology department at Hadassah's hospital in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem last June.
The gala was held under the patronage of President Nicolas Sarkozy, who also attended the event, showing the growing importance of the international community's role in fundraising.
"We are thrilled to have the support of Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in the global fight against AIDS," the Jerusalem Post quoted Nancy Falchuk, national president of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America, as saying.
"Her partnership in the gala is indicative of a wider fundraising campaign for Hadassah's hospitals in Israel and the promotion of ensuring medical care for all," she added.