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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Pam Hyrcyk from Torys LLP writes…Robina Ssentongo, Director of the Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization joined us for breakfast on Tuesday, November 22 to share herexperiences working with orphans and grandmothers in Uganda. Kitovu Mobile AIDS is one of the programs supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. She spoke of the grandmothers who have taken on the task of raising their grandchildren. Her heart-wrenching speech also told of the struggles of the households run entirely by children – young children who have no adults to care for them at all. “Our children have lost their childhood; it was taken away from them by HIV and AIDS” stated Robina.
One of the more poignant moments in her speech was when she mentioned Santa Claus’ arrival in Toronto. Toronto children were asked what they wanted for Christmas and one child replied, “I’d like a computer”. This made Robina think about how different this answer would be from a child in Uganda. They would respond, “I’d like paraffin so I can have light and be able to study at night” because they know that education is the way to a better life.
Robina expressed her thanks to everyone for attending the event and commended the Give a Day campaign for helping the grandmothers and orphans in Uganda.
Residents without Borders is pleased to announce a photo exhibition and contest in support of World AIDS day and the Give a Day campaign. The photo exhibit will be displayed at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West) from December 7 2010 to January 3, 2011. Photos will be sold to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International.
JOIN US FOR THE OPENING ON SUNDAY DECEMBER 12th, from 4 – 7 pm.
Dr. Steve Russell from Port Perry writes…For the price of one consult (or one annual physical), you can save a life in Africa. That was the message that resonated loudest with medical staff at Lakeridge Health Port Perry as we enjoyed lunch with Dr. Adrienne Chan of Dignitas International on November 12, 2010. The Medical Director of DI, Dr. Chan has just returned from 3 years in Malawi where she saw firsthand the difference our dollars make in providing ARV drugs to people living with HIV/AIDS. She related many stories of mothers and children, nurses and office workers, clerks and clinical officers, who rise up from their sick beds to get back into life, back to work, and back to giving to their community as their disease comes under control. We all agreed that these stories are the ones that propel us into action, working here at home to fuel the donations that make a difference in Africa. To be a part of such a compelling story is just the right thing to do.
This year the Residents without Borders group will be holding a photo contest and silent auction in support of the Give a day campaign. Here is what you need to know if you would like to be a part of this exciting event!
Who: Anyone and Everyone
What: Fascinating and breathtaking photos – the only stipulation is that you must be the photographer who took the photo. Please title your photo and give a brief description if necessary.
Photos should preferably be digital images for ease of reproduction and should have a minimum resolution of 125 dpi or higher ( if they are lower and you love the photo send it anyway and we may be able to modify the file). JPEG is preferred.
Maximum of 2 photos may be submitted per person. There is no cost to enter.
When: Submissions will be accepted until November 24, 2010
Where: Submit your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Why: To show off your amazing photography skills and contribute to the Give a Day campaign.
We will enlarge and frame the best 40 photos for exhibit and silent auction. The silent auction will take place in the first week of December and all proceeds from the auction will go to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International. Prizes will be given to the winner of the photo contest.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lorraine or Aisha at email@example.com
Give a Night 2010 is well under way. The date has been set, the venue finalized, and ticket sales have opened online. Now we need everyone to spread the word about the event so that we can beat last year’s attendance record of over 700 young professionals!
Thursday, November 25th @ 8:00 p.m.
This is London
364 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1X6
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Give a Night is a cocktail party and silent auction in support of the Give A Day campaign. All proceeds benefit the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International.
Last year’s event raised over $16,000 for these two organizations. This year, we hope to top that amount by beating last year’s attendance record and silent auction proceeds. We have some amazing items that will be featured in the silent auction this year including vacation packages, Leafs tickets, personal training packages, golf packages and much more.
To purchase your tickets online or for more information about the event, please visit giveanight.ca
We hope that you come out on November 25, 2010 and help make this evening a success. We look forward to seeing you there!
To get involved, or for more information about the event, please contact Rebecca Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For inquiries about ticket sales, please contact Hilary Crangle at email@example.com .