Stephen Lewis Dares Canadians to Do Something for Africa.

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genkav
Stephen Lewis Dares Canadians to Do Something for Africa.

Picking up some interesting steam here. Even Jack Layton has signed on.

"You can lace up your running shoes, but you can also host a dinner party, yodel on the subway or carry a canoe through city streets to raise money to fight AIDS.

That's the message being sent to Canadians by a new fundraising initiative from an AIDS group started by Canada's former United Nations ambassador Stephen Lewis, now a professor of global health at Hamilton's McMaster University and co-director of AIDS-Free World.

Participants can set a fundraising goal and spread the word about what they plan to accomplish by creating a personal web page at www.adaretoremember.org.

The dares will be enacted during the week of Oct. 17, in celebration of the courage Africans touched by HIV/AIDS show daily."

Via Toronto Star article.

Interesting stuff. k-os has signed on. Layton says he'll busk on the street. The coolest one going around are grandmothers "daring to dine".

 

I dared a guy to wear a dress for a week to work. Any other cool dare ideas?

remind remind's picture

I hardly think daring a guy to wear a dress to work for a week is cool.

Having said that the initiative is great, considering Harper pulled African aide funding.

genkav

remind wrote:

I hardly think daring a guy to wear a dress to work for a week is cool.

Having said that the initiative is great, considering Harper pulled African aide funding.

Said guy has to go to every client meeting in said dress.

Fidel

They need a lot more than just AIDS drugs in the poorest countries in the world. They need socialism.

~If the cure for AIDS in Africa was a glass of clean water, millions would still die. - Fidel Castro

Unionist

I'm with Fidel (and Fidel) on this one. Either Africans will solve their own problems, or their problems won't get solved. We could start by staying the hands of our corporations and arms merchants who are helping fuel those problems. I don't see that as part of this initiative, though.

Fidel

And I didn't want to detract or take away from Stephen Lewis' efforts for affordable AIDS drugs in Africa with that comment and quote. Lewis is a sainte as far as I'm concerned. Lewis was right and Jeffrey Sachs wrong about market solutions in Africa and thirdworld capitalist nations where upwards of two million children die every year from diarrhea and unsanitary conditions in general. Many more children die of malnutrition and diseases related to that tragic and unnecessary situation.

genkav

Well that's what's interesting. This debate of western philanthropy is what sets SLF apart, IMO.

They take money and go straight to the families to purchase resources etc. It's a complete grassroots level intiative.

Noah_Scape

I am a fan of Stephen Lewis ever since I read his book "Race Against Time" about Africa's problems.

Helping HIV pos people involves clean water, adequate nutrition, and education, he says.

Avoiding HIV is mostly about education, and empowerment of the women.

I do wish he would get off the circumcision bandwagon though, I think there are better ways to avoid HIV than that.

 

Fidel

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Fidel

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