A Night of Music for Give a Day

Come join us for a great night of music in support of Give a Day to World AIDS! On Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm, James Miller and his band will be holding a Harambee at Nineteen on the Park in Stouffville. James has traveled around the world to over three dozen countries and this can be heard in his music with his blend of traditional folk and roots influences, and elements of world music, creating an inspiring and uplifting sound. Tickets are available through the box office or by calling 905-640-2322. Give a Day founder, Dr. Jane Philpott, will be on hand to talk about the Give a Day Campaign and the work of Dignitas International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We hope to see you there!

Stouffville Makes Beautiful Music for Give a Day

The Stouffville Harambee, a benefit concert with the Rouge River Connection and Albert Street Four held at 19 on the Park on Nov 25th, raised over $6,300 for Give a Day to World AIDS and their partner organizations.  

 Dr. Jane Philpott, founder of the Give a Day movement, says, “What an incredible result this is. What a generous and compassionate community we have here in Stouffville.”
Rouge River Connection

Rouge River Connection

She expressed gratitude to the musicians and volunteers and commented that, “Even without the donations it was a very important evening for raising awareness and growing our sense of global solidarity.  And with these donations we can see the solidarity translated into real impact to give people longer and healthier lives.” 
Robina Ssentongo, a visitor from Uganda, spoke at the concert about her community-based organization that is serving the AIDS orphans and the grandmothers burdened with the care of many children – work funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Robina Ssentongo and Dr. Jane Philpott

Robina Ssentongo from Kitovu Mobile in Uganda and Dr. Jane Philpott, Give a Day Founder

Give a Day at McMillan LLP

Amanda Klein from McMillan LLP writes…Here at McMillan, we kicked off the week with a guest speaker lunch featuring Robina Ssentongo (Director of Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization in Uganda which is supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation), Dr. Adrienne Chan (HIV Clinic Coordinator for Dignitas International) and Dr. Megan Landes (Dignitas International Volunteer Doctor) who asked us to rise to the challenge of the fight against HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, and helped us understand the stories behind the statistics.  Our canvassing team was then dispatched to help the rest of our firm open their wallets and contribute to the cause. We ended the week with an e-auction featuring a number of items generously donated to our campaign by businesses in the Toronto area, and last but not least, auctioned off a few lawyers to participate in Give A Dance (the latter is an especially popular campaign event where a few particularly-generous individuals agree to participate in a dance competition, facilitated by the Wii system, in the name of fundraising for Give a Day).

We are grateful for all the support our firm campaign has received from the GAD headquarters – a special thank you to Julie Weiss in this regard.

Give a Day at Cassels Brock LLP

Taryn McCormick from Cassels Brock LLP writes…Cassels Brock is proud to be both a sponsor and a participant of the Give a Day campaign for a fourth year! We have some wonderful events to motivate firm members to give a day’s pay for a tremendously worthy cause.

We kicked-off the campaign on Monday, November 22, by delivering pledge packages along with cookies baked by one of our amazing volunteers since we have discovered that nothing inspires generosity like a homemade chocolate chip cookie! Firm members also arrived on Monday to find the firm decorated with 6 hand carved Zimbabwean sculptures from ZimArt that are available for silent auction with the funds going to the Give a Day campaign. We followed this kick-off with a guest speaker panel including Dr. Adrienne Chan, Medical Director of Dignitas International, and Robina Ssentongo, Executive Director of Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organisation in Uganda, which is supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This informative and inspirational panel discussion was a wonderful way to learn about the practical impact of our donations and to encourage each other to continue to give and to engage with the global community fighting to end the AIDS pandemic.

We have many more events planned between now and December 1st including a bake sale, a book sale, a foosball tournament, a cotton candy day, a closing reception, and a “Give a Day, Get a Day” draw where staff members who have pledged a donation can win a day off with pay! We look forward to surpassing our totals from last year and delivering our donations on World AIDS Day!

Stephen Lewis at Mount Sinai Hospital

Kanu Handa from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto writes…Stephen Lewis has a way of making people listen … and care. The former politician and diplomat turned international envoy for humanitarian efforts visited Mount Sinai Hospital and gave a personalized update on the HIV/AIDS pandemic to a packed auditorium. The fight against the disease, says Lewis, has never held so much potential for success or commanded so little government will and resources.

Dramatic improvement in the last decade, which has seen a decline in the number of infections and deaths, has lulled the international community into a sense of complacency. Yet with 33.3 million people living with HIV, 5.2 million in treatment and 10 million waiting for antiretroviral therapies, this is the worst pandemic — exacerbated by poverty and inequality — the world has ever seen.

Still there are reasons for hope: advances with gel microbicides, new strategies in dealing with high-risk groups and the understanding that treatment is prevention.

Giveaday.ca is a  Canadian effort to ensure organizations like the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International get the funds they desperately need to bring these solutions to communities, where Lewis says, “You can turn the tide; you can save lives”.

Founded by Dr. Jane Philpott, Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital, it challenges Canadians to honour World AIDS Day on December 1 by donating one day’s pay to organizations that fight the disease.

Stressing Mount Sinai’s commitment, Dr. Maureen Shandling, SVP, Medical, said, “Our mission to care doesn’t end at the doors of this Hospital.” Dr. Tom Stewart, Mount Sinai’s Physician-in-Chief and Chief Clinical Officer translated that sentiment into action with a cheque to Giveaday.ca, urging others to do the same on December 1 – a simple act to make an important difference.

L to R: Dr. Tom Stewart, Mount Sinai’s Physician-in-Chief and Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Jane Philpott, Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Stephen Lewis, Dr. David Tannenbaum, Physician-in-Chief, Family Medicine, and Dr. Maureen Shandling, SVP, Medical

L to R: Dr. Tom Stewart, Mount Sinai’s Physician-in-Chief and Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Jane Philpott, Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Stephen Lewis, Dr. David Tannenbaum, Physician-in-Chief, Family Medicine, and Dr. Maureen Shandling, SVP, Medical