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Torontonians Commemorate 30 Years of the HIV/AIDS Response and Fight AIDS in Africa at Fifth Annual Race For Dignity Challenge

Toronto, June 1, 2011 – On Sunday, June 5, hundreds of Torontonians will congregate at Yonge-Dundas Square to commemorate 30 years of the HIV/AIDS response and in support of the cause at the fifth annual Race For Dignity Challenge, an 8-hour spin-a-thon to raise funds for Dignitas International’s life-saving HIV/AIDS work in Africa.

This outdoor, family-friendly event features eight hours of live entertainment, including performances by: Rhetoric; Elizabeth Shepherd; Nights & Weekends; Ruth Mathiang; Lemon Bucket Orkestra; Thierry Kijanya & DJ Nicholas; the University of Toronto’s South Asian Alliance; and The Arsenals. Special guests will appear, and DJ L’Oqenz will be spinning from the stage throughout the day.

“Toronto communities have been coming together at the Race For Dignity Challenge to support the AIDS response in Africa for five years,” explained James Fraser, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Dignitas International. “We have made tremendous gains in the fight against AIDS over the past 30 years, but more than 33 million people are still living with HIV – and close to 10 million people still lack access to life-saving treatment in resource-limited countries. Every $240 raised at the Race For Dignity Challenge will help to keep one person in Malawi on HIV treatment for one year. Imagine how many lives we can save on June 5!”

Dignitas International is a Toronto-based medical humanitarian organization working to increase access to life-saving HIV/AIDS-related prevention and treatment. Dignitas is currently working in Malawi, Africa, where over 900,000 adults and children are living with HIV. Through Dignitas’s work, hundreds of adults and children are gaining access each month to life-saving medications, resulting in the survival of families and the revitalization of entire communities.

Presented by BMO Financial Group, the Race For Dignity Challenge is Dignitas’s flagship fundraising event. Last year, Torontonians rose to the challenge and $300,000 was raised directly towards the organization’s life-saving work in Malawi.

WHAT: Race For Dignity Challenge

WHEN: Sunday, June 5, 2011 from 12PM to 8PM

WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square, Yonge & Dundas, Downtown Toronto

Dignitas is pleased to recognize media sponsors CP24 and The Globe & Mail. 

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