Pop star Lady Gaga has shown her support for an HIV charity in Manchester.

The singer visited an Orange RockCorps volunteer project in Manchester to help Body Positive North West, a support centre for people affected by HIV.

She told reporters: “I have lots of people in my life who have been affected by the virus and a lot of gay and lesbian friends who are confronted with fears about that sort of lifestyle and the situation of HIV that we have to be mindful of everyday.

“I just wanted to spend some time with them today, and do a bit of painting with them today.”
In return for four hours voluntary work at community-based charity projects, volunteers will earn a ticket to watch Lady Gaga perform at the Manchester Apollo on 13th July in the first Orange RockCorps gig of 2009.

Yesterday, the star helped to turn a car-park into an effervescent garden open to anyone living with or affected by HIV. Projects included painting, planting vegetables and building a seating area. Gaga helped out with a huge mural portrait that volunteers had created in her image, painting the words “Love + Art + Kindness” in pink onto it.

Stephen Greene, RockCorps co-founder and CEO comments: “Lady Gaga is an incredible artist. It’s thrilling that she’s bringing her unique energy and passion to one of our community projects. By doing so, she will inspire many others to volunteer. Plus – we all can’t wait for the gig at the Apollo.”

The Orange RockCorps programme will also be amplified via a partnership with Sony Ericsson and Channel 4, who will broadcast the volunteer work and UK gigs during a summer of programming on T4.