Alex Schroder, Give a Day supporter at Bishop Reding High School in Milton, Ontario writes…In honour of World Aids Day, the Student Athletic Association at Bishop Reding High School hosted their second annual pasta dinner on December 2nd.
When deciding where to direct our money this year, Give a Day and the Stephen Lewis Foundation seemed like the perfect decision; as the founder of Give A Day, Jane Philpott, is a close friend of mine and having heard Stephen Lewis speak on numerous occasions, he inspired me by his passion to “turn the tide on AIDS” by helping individuals at the grassroots level. The night began with a delicious dinner provide by East Side Mario’s. Over 100 community members attended, local retailers donated items for the silent auction and the new “Harambee” CD was for sale. Margaret Wright, the Director of Operations for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, was our guest of honour. She gave a moving speech on the plight of the millions of AIDS orphans in Africa. I believe that it is important for people our age to be made aware of what is happening in our world and that the deciding factor that determines your likelihood of getting treatment for HIV should not be the country you are born in.
The evening was a huge success, raising over $2000 for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and it has inspired others to take action and create awareness for the AIDS/HIV pandemic. By supporting this event people in our community were recognizing the need for change and responding to the crisis.