Victoria Beckham to auction off her famous ball gowns for charity
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British fashion designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham is set to give away over 600 pieces of clothing, including several evening dresses and famous outfits, in the hope of raising money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Victoria’s iconic white Dolce and Gabbana dress, which she wore to the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, is just one of the items to go under the hammer in aid of Mothers2Mothers (m2m). The charity auction will take place from 20th to 25th August via outnet.com and the funds raised will go to the charity, which works to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies in nine countries including South Africa, Swaziland and Kenya. Sub-Saharan Africa is still the region hardest hit by HIV, with 24.7 million HIV-positive people in 2013. Women account for 58% of those living with HIV in the region, which is also home to 85% of all pregnant women who are living with HIV, according to UNAIDS. Nevertheless there have been great strides in reducing the number of children infected with HIV worldwide â€• from 580,000 in 2001 to 240,000 in 2013. Other pieces up for auction are from Victoria's Spice Girls days, fashion shows, parties and red carpet appearances with husband and former England football captain David Beckham. Money that is raised from the auction will encourage education and mentoring schemes for mothers in the areas affected. Victoria chose to donate proceeds to m2m after visiting South Africa in February and meeting some of the mothers affected by HIV.