Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR)

Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR)

November 30, 2009 15:30 ET

Media Advisory: CANFAR to Paint Toronto Red With Ribbons on World AIDS Day

Hundreds of youth to distribute red ribbons; Mayor Miller to commemorate World AIDS Day

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 30, 2009) - This World AIDS Day, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and over 200 high school volunteers will flood the streets of Toronto to hand out red ribbons and spread awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Donations collected will support leading-edge Canadian HIV/AIDS research. In the evening, the CN Tower will light up red, and for the first time ever, CANFAR will also distribute mobile red ribbons. Mobile phone users can text RIBBON to 30333 to receive their red ribbon. A $5 donation to CANFAR will be added to the recipient's phone bill.

WORLD AIDS DAY MEDIA ITINERARY

WHO: CANFAR staff and high school volunteers distributing red ribbons
WHEN: Tuesday, December 1, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WHERE:  Union Station
Yonge & Dundas
Bloor & Yonge
Toronto City Hall
University of Toronto
Yonge & Bay
Queen & John

CANFAR will also hold a press conference with Mayor David Miller to commemorate World AIDS Day. Mayor Miller will declare Tuesday, December 1st as World AIDS Day in Toronto.

WHO:  Mayor David Miller
Kerry Whiteside, Executive Director, CANFAR
Mariajosè Lòpez Mejìa, Youth Co-Chair, Red Ribbon Campaign
HIV-positive youth, TBC
WHEN:   Tuesday, December 1, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Protocol Lounge, Mayor's Office, 2nd Floor
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West

ABOUT CANFAR: Founded in 1987, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research raises awareness to generate funds for research into all aspects of HIV and AIDS. The only organization in Canada that operates for the sole purpose of privately funding HIV/AIDS research, CANFAR finances AIDS researchers across Canada. To date, CANFAR has provided approximately $16 million to HIV/AIDS research projects. Visit www.CANFAR.com for more information.

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