As we head into the holiday season, let’s not forget about the gift of giving back to those who are less fortunate, and especially to those who are fighting the daily battle against disease. Approximately 35 million people around the world have HIV – more than two thirds of them living in sub-Saharan Africa.  For many, this pandemic is a cause very close to their hearts and many hours have been spent advocating for a future without HIV/AIDS. While great strides have been made – thanks to lots active support and huge generosity from people just like you – we as a community can do more.

On Sunday, December 1, Canadians are being challenged to recognize World AIDS Day by giving one day’s pay to the Give a Day campaign.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas International joined forces to create the Give a Day campaign in an effort to help those in Africa who are affected by the HIV virus. Money goes towards the treatment of children with HIV, counselling and care for women/mothers with HIV/AIDS, education around proper nutrition and caring for children living with HIV, assisting adults getting back into income-generating projects, and much more. This year, Canadians are invited to visit First Canadian Place (at the corner of King and Bay streets in Toronto) from now until November 29 to share how you’ll change the world by completing the sentence “#OneDay I will…”, on an interactive art installation

To date, Give a Day has raised more than $3.5 million towards people and communities most affected by the HIV virus.  To determine your one day’s pay, Give a Day designed this fancy calculator (don’t worry, we needed it too!) and for more information on how to be a part of a future without AIDS, visit GiveaDay.ca.

Twitter: @GiveaDay

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YouTube: Give a Day to AIDS

For more information on World’s AIDS Day, visit www.worldaidsday.org.