Fundraisers

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Activism, As Prevention , Fundraisers, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Events, Mental Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PASAN has started a critical fundraising campaign.

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

PASAN is the only community-based organization in Canada providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C prevention, education and support services exclusively to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.  PASAN works with prisoners in provincial and federal corrections facilities throughout the province of Ontario, but faces tremendous constraints in doing this work. It’s become increasingly difficult for PASAN staff to be able to access prisons to conduct educational programming about harm redu

Funding for Camp Moomba!

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Fundraisers, Youth, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Your vote in the Aviva Community Fund challenge could be what allows up to 70 youth living with HIV, aged six to seventeen, to attend camp.

Funding for Camp Moomba!

Did you know there are about 150 children and youth who are growing up with HIV in Canada? Medical advances and good clinical care mean that nowadays there are very few cases where HIV is passed from a parent who is accessing HIV treatment to their baby but worldwide, many parents do not have consistent access to the kinds of HIV care that can prevent HIV from being passed. Many children growing up with HIV in Canada were born in places where effective therapies were not available, have come

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

published: September, 11, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Community Events, AIDS Walk for Life, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Current Affairs, Events, John McCullagh

This annual fundraiser took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, to benefit ACT. Here are some photos of the event.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

The ACT team prepare to lead off the Walk In Toronto, 19,000 people are living with HIV, and one person in the city is newly diagnosed every day. The good news, however, is that new diagnoses are going down. The other good news is that treatment advances, new knowledge about the factors that lead to transmission and new prevention technologies allow us to envision a future without HIV. In the meantime, however, care, prevention and support services are still required for those living with, af

Bow Ties and Butter Knives: Fighting Stigma Within Our Own Community

published: August, 25, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Activism, Fundraisers, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

"... we can all play a part in this fight. Let’s not put each other down but rather build each other up," says Joshua Middleton

Bow Ties and Butter Knives: Fighting Stigma Within Our Own Community

Speechless… That was my first reaction when I glanced down at my laptop screen and saw the following comment appear on my Twitter feed. It was in response to a photo I had posted in support of The Bow Tie Movement Campaign; a grassroots initiative seeking to raise awareness for heterosexual HIV-positive men. The words that first caught my attention were "knife" and "neck". Was this someone reaching out for help or yet another stigmatizing comment from someone looking to put others living

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

published: August, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Fundraisers, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

He’s shy, he’s unassuming and he’s a dynamo when it comes to HIV advocacy. Kevin Maloney talks about RiseUpToHIV, his new video campaign What’s Your Positive Message and (reluctantly) the man behind it all

Bob Leahy interviews Kevin Maloney, the man behind RiseUptoHIV

Bob Leahy: Let’s talk about the RiseUptoHIV campaign which you are well known for, particularly for your T-shirts. Kevin Maloney: Yes, it was a two-pronged campaign. The name “RiseUptoHIV” came to me in the middle of the night. I was thinking about how I was rising up to the challenges in my life at the time when I was diagnosed in 2010. The “No shame about being HIV-positive” story telling campaign started in 2013 – people would send me their stories and photos, which I would pos

Art for AIDS

published: August, 17, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Hobbies, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Art can be a powerful therapeutic tool and a good fundraiser too. Wayne Bristow facilitates a workshop with help from Art For AIDS International

Art for AIDS

Earlier this year I was approached by one of my peers who had the vision of hosting an art show between the two AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in our area. The idea was originally conceived last summer during Pride month. We now have a committee working on it but I will only to be a contributing artist. The decision was part of my need to limit the activities I get involved in; I can’t do it all. “No” has be a complete sentence. Before leaving the planning committee I did share a few

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

published: July, 04, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Activism, Fundraisers, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

HIV and Hepatitus C long term survivor Barry Haarde is about to set off on his fifth trancontinental bicyle trip to raise funds for hemophilia.

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

Barry Haarde is a remarkable 50 year old long term survivor of both HIV and HepC who is about to embark on his fifth transcontinental bike ride for Wheels for the World 2016: Saving Lives by the Mile.  Since 2012, Barry has ridden over 10,000 miles to help raise $150,000 for Save One Life. Barry's goal this year? 5,000 miles--from Everett, Washington through 22 states to Key Largo, Florida! He will ride from July 17 - September 11. Bob Leahy: Hi Barry. This is your fifth transcontinental bi

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

published: May, 24, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Fundraisers, Arts and Entertainment, Upcoming Events, Performances, Events, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Mark S. King interviews HIV science reporter and stripper Benjamin "Ben" Ryan.

The nearly naked AIDS advocate

Josh Green and cast, from Broadway Bares 2015 (credit: Benjamin Ryan)  When Benjamin “Ben” Ryan began taking dance classes ten years ago, the personal venture was a complete whim. After all, he was in his late twenties at the time – ancient for a beginning dancer – and by his own admission, was “just awful” for the first few years of classes. And nothing about his vocation as a writer specializing in the science of HIV suggested that Gene Kelly was trapped inside. Cue the vict

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // Community Events, DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless on the new part of town for LGBT Entertainment

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

Spring seems like its coming and so is a change of scenery for the LGBT community. If you live in Toronto, everyone is familiar with The Gay Village on Church Street and of course the alternative scene on Queen Street West. But have you heard about The Eastside Movement?  I would say it started with a bar called WAYLA about 5 years ago. Great spot. It's actually an auto garage converted into a bar and nightclub. I have spun there on many occasions and even had a few consistent events that r

What do dirty stories, a rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

published: January, 21, 2016 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Events, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch and the night his rabbi unexpectedly drops in on Brian’s deep dish, risqué storytelling event

What do dirty stories, a  rabbi and Syrian refugees have in common?

I’ve known my rabbi, Rabbi Ben, now for five years. He’s a little older than I am. A petit man, short buzzed grey hair with a small frame. Religiously he’s conservative and socially liberal. Like, be gay, but just be gay with a with nice Jewish boy. When I first met him I’d have to visit him once a month while I was on my path to conversion. I’d always feel awkward with him. He’s super nice and a smart guy. I’ll chalk it up to the “rabbi effect.” My friend’s husband is lik

One cause, one community, together for one unique night

published: November, 17, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Fundraisers, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CANFAR announces their Toronto fundraiser Bloor Street Entertains, Canada’s largest fundraiser in support of HIV and AIDS research

One cause, one community, together for one unique night

On Wednesday, November 25th, Torontonians will come together to dine in style in support of Canadian AIDS Research.  The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research’s (CANFAR) is hosting their annual event, Bloor Street Entertains.  Now in its 19th year guests will enjoy a culinary experience from Toronto’s top chefs in some of the city’s most exquisite boutiques, galleries and museums along the Bloor-Yorkville corridor. This unique and unforgettable evening begins with a seated dinner in

All great change begins at the dinner table

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Activism, Fundraisers, Events, International , Living with HIV, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK’s Alex Sparrowhawk finds himself a guest speaker at a major Terrence Higgins Trust fundraising dinner with Stephen Fry

All great change begins at the dinner table

It’s a Sunday evening and I’m laid across the entire sofa attempting to watch a movie but my brain is well and truly caput. Usually this would be due to a hangover from a Saturday night out but today it’s because I’m feeling really tired from a hectic, exhilarating and amazing few days.  It all started back in March when an email from Terrence Higgins Trust landed in my inbox, a few exchanges and calls later and I had agreed to take part in a very special annual event, the Terrence H

Long term HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde to bike across North America for the fourth time!

published: June, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Hep B and C, Fundraisers, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews Barry Haarde who is about to set a new world record by embarking on Wheels for the World IV, a 4000-mile bike ride across North America. They talk about this feat, as well as Barry’s thoughts on living long term with HIV in 2015

Long term HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde to bike across North America for the fourth time!

Bob Leahy: Good to speak to you again.  Barry, you are about to embark on your fourth bike ride across North America. That's pretty incredible. Tell us about this one.  Barry Harrde: We’re calling this year’s ride, “Wheels for the World IV- Piles of Miles”, as it is my longest ride yet in terms of total mileage. I roll out of San Francisco on May 31st, and by the time I reach Portsmouth, New Hampshire on July 21st, I’ll have logged over 4,000 miles. It’s also the highest of the

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

published: November, 13, 2014 Written by // Fighting Hep C in the Waterloo Region of Ontario and beyond. Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, News Categories, Fundraisers, Upcoming Events, Photography, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has been busy with his local ASO (AIDS Service Organization) putting his photography and new video creation skills to work on a World AIDS Day/Month event.

A big, fun “Kiss Off” to HIV.

I’ve had so much fun working on this World AIDS Day event for ACCKWA (AIDS Committee of Cambridge Kitchener Waterloo and Area). I’m not going to say too much about myself here; the real story is the campaign so I introduce you to #KissHIVGoodbye. From November 1 though to December 1 ACCKWA is running a campaign called #KissHIVGoodbye to raise awareness, encourage conversation, and fight HIV stigma. We could have chosen “Kick HIV goodbye,” or “Poke HIV in the eye” or “Give H

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Gay Men, Contributors, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps ma

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