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Rotary goes “All In” to help fight against HIV/AIDS

On Saturday April 30th, Rotary clubs from the Toronto area went “All In” to help raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS at the 6th annual District 7070 Poker Walk for HIV/AIDS in the GTA. With more than 20 teams walking to raise money, the event helped support Dignitas and other organizations that are working to fight HIV/AIDS around the world.

We’re grateful for the continued support of Rotary, which has provided Dignitas with crucial funding since we started working in Malawi in 2004.

For this year’s walk, two Rotarians in particular stood out: Charles Taylor and Maureen Bird. They crossed Toronto’s east-end boardwalk to help raise funds for our frontline work on HIV/AIDS. Here’s what they had to say about it:

Charles Taylor

“Since I first met with Dignitas almost 10 years ago, I have been a supporter. With the walk, Rotarians come together to support organizations involved in the battle against AIDS. I chose Dignitas because of the way the organization works with local governments to strengthen their response to HIV/AIDS. I’m proud to say that the money I raised for this year’s walk will be part of a Rotary Global Grant. This means that each dollar will be matched 3.5 times by the Rotary Foundation to support Dignitas’ fine work.”

Maureen Bird

“I met people that were being helped by Dignitas in Malawi in 2009. They were joyful and so grateful. They touched my heart in ways I cannot describe. When asked to assist with the walk I couldn’t say no! Rotary Global Grants like this are such powerful ways to make a difference.”

To learn more about the Rotary AIDS Poker Walk, visit their website at

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