I’m getting pretty excited for this Wednesday’s (Nov. 30th) World AIDS Day event at Hart House, Healing and Hope Through the Arts. Canadian performers Molly Johnson and D’Bi Young will share the stage with Stephen Lewis and Zambian and South African representations to show case how art can bring healing and hope to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. I’ll be rushing over after my test and presentation to help artists/performers get ready for the night.
WHERE: The Great Hall, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
WHEN: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Doors open at 5:30 PM, Programme begins 6 PM sharp
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (Limited seating.)
This year I’ve been getting more involved with World AIDS Day which is annually held on December 1st. I’ve listed some things that I’ve been doing and other ways that you can support as well.
This year myself and Dignitas Youth are entering in a podcast challenge hosted by YAHAnet. Visit Dignitas Youth to listen to how we think we can help turn the tide to zero for this year’s World AIDS Day theme. We also host annually a 12-hour bike-a-thon event to continue raising funds and awareness post-World AIDS day.
Give A Day is a grassroots response to the HIV pandemic. Each Canadian is challenged to recognize World AIDS Day, December 1, by giving one day’s pay to an organization that will use the funds well in the fight against HIV/AIDS. You can see on their website how your dollars are being used to support both Dignitas International, The Stephen Lewis Foundation, as well as other participating organizations.
I had the chance to meet Kenneth Cole back in September at the Cinema Against AIDS Toronto event. He’s currently the chair of amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and recently I came across his new initiative. His re-creation features the new double ribbon where 100% of the profits go to the AWEARNESS initiative to support those affected with HIV/AIDS.
(Image via Frommetoyou)
I’ll openly admit that I’m quite a caffeine fiend. I jumped on the chance when I realized that the (STARBUCKS)RED card is actually designed by Jonathan Alder and every time you use the card, Starbucks donates some money to the global fund against AIDS. You can get these at some Starbucks stores, I’ve been using mine for about 2 years now. I will admit that I would really like to know how much Starbucks has been contributing on my behalf of my card since I’ve been using quite a fair amount.
You’ll find on the Join(RED) website that there are many featured products that help support the HIV/AIDS initiative; Nike, Apple, and even Beats by Dr. Dre are on board!
Hope you will find the time to support in various ways and even come out to the event on Wednesday.