CANFAR’s Can You Do Lunch? 10th Anniversary Event will Spotlight Women In HIV

Can You Do Lunch? will be hosted at the Four Seasons, Toronto on April 28th

March 8, 2022 – Toronto, ON – The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is excited to announce the 10th anniversary of one of their milestone fundraising events, Can You Do Lunch? (CYDL?). This year’s event is co-chaired by CYDL? Founder Janice O’Born and CANFAR’s National Spokesperson Valerie Pringle and will focus on women and HIV. It is being held on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto. It will pay tribute to important women who have been at the forefront of fighting and ending HIV in Canada.

We are elated to be able to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CYDL? and honour the many women who have been contributing to AIDS research and supporting the HIV-positive community. This is such a pivotal time, with trial cures being developed to treat HIV and having the International AIDS Conference happening on Canadian soil in Montreal this September. We are grateful for all the women who have gotten our community in Canada and globally to where it is today.

Alex Filiatrault, CANFAR CEO

CANFAR is recognizing and celebrating the women working in health and science, community-building and supporting through philanthropic efforts for their work to end the HIV epidemic in Canada and globally. Leading up to CYDL?, CANFAR will be announcing the over a dozen women they will be honouring and featuring many of them in a portrait series, photographed by Toronto’s rising photography star, Lucia Remedios. The portraits will be shared through CANFAR’s digital channels and will be on display at the event on April 28th.

In addition, CANFAR will be bringing greater awareness to women who are living with and newly diagnosed with HIV. About a quarter of the population living with HIV in Ontario are women, and women accounted for 25% of new cases of HIV in recent years. Women who face systemic and social inequalities, specifically African, Caribbean and Black women, Indigenous women and Trans women, are more likely to be exposed to HIV. CANFAR sees the importance of highlighting at-risk segments of our population to keep moving forward to support them.

CANFAR is grateful to welcome back community leadership sponsors Mantella Corporation and Holt Renfrew, as well as BMO, Labatt, The P. Austin Family Foundation, Dr. Trevor Born and Air Canada. Tickets are still available and can be purchased on the Can You Do Lunch? page.

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CANFAR’s mission is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Canada by funding innovative research, and awareness programs focused on increasing prevention, increasing testing, improving treatment and care, and ending HIV/AIDS stigma. Over its 30-year history, CANFAR has invested more than $24 million and awarded more than 500 grants across Canada in research addressing all aspects of HIV/AIDS.

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