Pride 2016

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is delighted to have once again been selected as a recipient of Aeroplan Miles, generously donated by TD Bank and Aeroplan, in celebration of Pride! For every dollar spent on a TD Aeroplan Visa card during Pride Week in Toronto, TD will donate one Aeroplan Mile to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and other Canadian charities!

Aeroplan Miles are a precious resource at the Foundation, where they are used in service of community-based organizations turning the tide of HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The Miles donated by TD Bank during Pride in 2016 enabled the Foundation to launch a year of collaboration with leading human rights AIDS activists from African countries most affected by HIV & AIDS. The Foundation’s continued collaboration with these activists is premised on the grim recognition that progress for some has not been progress for all. With more life-saving medication now available, we’ve seen a global reduction in the rates of infection and death. But far too many people and communities around the world are being left behind—disregarded and marginalized by the mainstream response.

Thanks to the renewed generosity of TD Bank and Aeroplan, additional Aeroplan Miles will help ensure that the Foundation's partners are able to further expand their fight for the human rights of women, children, LBGT communities, and everyone affected by HIV & AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, these donated Miles will be an essential component of the Foundation's efforts to... 

  • Expand its relationships with community-based organizations doing sensitive and critical HIV & AIDS work within the LGBT community in Africa,
  • Conduct the all-important field visits that help the Foundation establish open, trusting, and responsive relationships with its grassroots partners, 
  • Continue to invite African activists to speak, network, and strategize with international audiences; to challenge the declining resources to bring HIV&AIDS to an end for marginalized communities; and to advocate to make the promise of treatment and support real for the communities our partner organizations serve! 

Our Commitment to Human Rights

Since its formation, the Foundation has had a deep commitment to the human rights of women, children, people living with HIV and AIDS, and the LGBT community. Above all, we believe deeply in the power of community and grassroots responses, and in supporting communities at the frontlines of the AIDS crisis. Just as HIV and AIDS was a pivotal crisis for the LGBT community, it is wreaking the same havoc in the lives of millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa. Just as the LGBT community has had to struggle for access to life-saving and prolonging ARVs, so African communities are engaged in the same life and death struggle. Our supporters are attuned to this struggle, aware of the human rights dimensions of the scourge of AIDS, and understand the power of compassion, alliance, and mobilization for a common cause.

As a member of the LGBT giving network, the new InterPride Fund, and a stalwart supporter of LGBT rights, the Stephen Lewis Foundation is honoured to have been part of this PRIDE initiative with our long-standing partner Aeroplan and our new partner TD Bank. 

 

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News

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