Great Results for Give a Day 2010!

We are thrilled to announce that the Give a Day 2010 campaign has raised over half a million dollars on behalf of people affected by HIV! This is a great time to celebrate and reflect on all that happened in 2010.

There was even greater energy, enthusiasm and momentum for the Give a Day movement this year. We saw the concept of “global solidarity and local solutions” put into action as communities in Canada came together in creative ways to show their strong support and solidarity for communities in Africa that are affected by HIV. We kicked off the campaign by hearing former Prime Minister Paul Martin address a sold-out crowd from the legal, medical and business communities, urging them to join the Give a Day movement. We were gratified to see how this endorsement inspired new campaigns and donations and gave us the opportunity to bring the idea of Give a Day to a wider audience.

We thank all those who participated in the Give a Day campaign. The donations received have been instrumental in allowing The Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International to continue their remarkable work in responding to the HIV and AIDS pandemic at the grassroots, facilitating access to life-saving drugs and by supporting community-based initiatives.

We are already hard at work preparing for Give a Day 2011. Please contact us at if you would like to be a part of this growing movement! We can give you information on how to launch a campaign in your workplace or how you can join us as a volunteer.

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

The Toll of AIDS

Dr. Winnie Siu, Give a Day supporter writes…Her name was Grace and I met her at an orphanage on the outskirts of the city of Lusaka, toward the end of a two-month research project in Zambia’s capital city. A friend had been volunteering at the home for girls left parentless by AIDS and wondered if I might want to come along.

Grace was a quiet and serious girl, and while the other girls danced and played and laughed around me, Grace took me by the hand and led me to the blackboard to practise her writing. I watched with a lump in my throat as she formed slow, careful strokes with the chalk in her hand, writing the facts of her life for me: “I was born in 1999. . . My mother died when I was a baby. My mother was ill. My father was ill also. . . have never seen my father or my mother before.”

Continue reading Dr. Siu’s story here.

World AIDS Day 2010

Give a Day Campaign Director Julie Weiss writes…Today is World AIDS Day 2010.

Throughout the month of November the people who support the Give a Day campaign in their workplaces in the legal and medical communities, and in a huge variety of other settings, have been quietly, but persistently, spreading the word about the HIV and AIDS pandemic and letting people know how they can help.  There have been silent auctions, cookie deliveries, photo exhibits and even dance contests. We have been fortunate to have the support of  former Prime Minister Paul Martin who spoke with great passion at our Hot Talks event in November. 

If you have not already made a donation to the incredible organizatons that we support – Dignitas International and the Stephen Lewis Foundation – today is the day. It’s easy to do

Those who know Give a Day founder Dr. Jane Philpott know that she loves the music of K’Naan.  His music inspires and uplifts her.  I happen to think that if K’Naan knew Jane and heard the stories of how her idea inspired so many Canadians to give, that it would inspire and uplift him as well.  Jane has some thoughts on what she would say if she could write a rap song and you can read those here.  I think that K’Naan is right.  It’s not every day that you get to give, and to give really is priceless.

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.