In 2004 Dr. Jane Philpott founded Give a Day by inviting colleagues to donate one day’s pay to great organizations working in response to HIV. To date, Give a Day has raised over $3 million to assist the people and places most affected by HIV.
On December 1, World AIDS Day 2012, we will once again encourage Canadians to give one day’s pay to any organization of their choice they know is doing good work to assist those living with HIV. At Give a Day we are proud to recommend two excellent Canadian recipient organizations – The Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International. Both the SLF and Dignitas have their own focus and strong record of success responding to HIV at a grassroots level.
Over the years we have been inspired both by the successes of these two organizations, and by the many individual Africans and Canadians who team up to carry out this work. Today we would like to congratulate Dignitas International on the announcement of their new President and CEO, Marilyn McHarg. Marilyn brings with her more than 20 years of medical humanitarian experience, most recently as the Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières – Canada. (MSF-Canada) You can read more here about Marilyn McHarg and also about the groundbreaking new HIV research that Dignitas is about to embark on in Malawi. We congratulate Dignitas and welcome Marilyn!