Sock monkeys without borders

Regular readers will be familiar with this blog’s ongoing, heartless War on Clowns. A reader alerts me that my comical nemeses have enlisted a new ally:

Operation Sock Monkey is an initiative in support of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) providing laughter, hope and healing to communities affected by HIV/AIDS. Handmade Sock Monkeys can be purchased for you or someone you love or sponsored to be sent to children in need of a smile. All proceeds donated to CWBSA.

While my first instinct was to ridicule, on reflection this may not be such a bad idea. 

Former South African President Thabo Mbeki recommends garlic to cure your AIDS, while new President Jacob Zuma suggests a quick shower. Relatively speaking, sock monkeys represent a big improvment over the historical Health Ministry fare.