Sean Murtha, Associate at BLG writes…On November 26, 2012 Dr. Adrienne Chan of Dignitas International spoke at the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (“BLG”). Dr. Chan has spent much of the past 5 years working at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Malawi, and she spoke at length about the tangible effects that donations made during the Give a Day campaign have in saving lives throughout Africa.
Dr. Chan highlighted the progress that has been made through the use of anti-retroviral treatments in sub-Saharan Africa. She spoke glowingly about the essential role that Malawian health-care providers play in the struggle against HIV/AIDS, and relayed heartfelt stories and pictures from her time working on the ground in Malawi.
The presentation also included a video in which a Grandmother supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation Grandmother’s Campaign personally thanked BLG lawyers and staff for its continued strong support. As we all know, African Grandmothers are central to the life of their communities, as they have stepped into the breach to care for millions orphaned by AIDS. This personalized message was very warmly received by all who heard it!
Following her talk, Dr. Chan stayed behind to answer questions from audience members. Her presentation was the perfect way to kick off the final fundraising push at BLG, leading up to World AIDS Day.