The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is hosting today (May 12) hosting its second annual charity lunch today at the Rideau Club in Ottawa. The lunch is aimed at uniting women across Canada in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Can YOU Do Lunch? is hosted by CANFAR spokesperson and media personality Valerie Pringle. She will be joined by special guests, Mrs. Laureen Harper and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, as well as Ottawa influencer Sheila O’Gorman, chair of the event.
With a quarter of those infected with HIV being female in Canada, and many more sisters, mothers, caregivers and friends having been affected by the disease, Can YOU Do Lunch? is an opportunity for women from Parliament Hill to Sparks Street to join together, network, and answer the call to action.
“We are so grateful to the Ottawa community for coming together for Canadian HIV and AIDS research,” said CANFAR President and CEO Christopher Bunting. “AIDS is not over in Canada. In some populations we are still seeing an increase in rates. Can YOU do lunch? will help to fund Canadian research focused on answering the vital questions that could ultimately lead to a cure to this terrible disease.”
The lunch will feature a key note address from 17 year old Ashley Murphy and her mother Kari. Ashley was born with HIV contracted from her birth mother. Kari, who fostered Ashley when she required palliative care and later adopted her, will share the podium with her daughter. “HIV research and medications mean that Ashley can marry, have a family and that the spread of HIV ends with her,” remarked Kari Murphy. “We want this for all people that live with HIV, and research is the key.”
The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research is Canada’s only independent charitable foundation dedicated to ending HIV and AIDS through research. CANFAR funds Canadian HIV and AIDS research and runs Canada’s largest youth-based education and awareness campaign aimed at empowering youth with information about HIV and AIDS. To date, CANFAR has funded more than 450 HIV and AIDS research projects. Since 1987, CANFAR has awarded more than $18 million to HIV and AIDS research projects. Visit www.CANFAR.com for more information.