Elementary Teachers of Toronto

Elementary Teachers of Toronto

May 09, 2005 12:32 ET

Teachers Pitch in to Fight AIDS

Attention: Assignment Editor, Education Editor, Health/Medical Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 9, 2005) - The Elementary Teachers of Toronto will launch a fundraising campaign for AIDS in Africa, on Tuesday, May 10. The evening event will feature greetings from Stephen Lewis, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, followed by a trivia team challenge. This event marks the start of a campaign among Toronto's elementary teachers to encourage their 10,000 members to make a regular donation to the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario Humanity Fund, which donates all proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Stephen Lewis has waged a tireless international campaign to overcome both official and public indifference to the African AIDS crisis. Now, after years of frustration there are signs that the tide is gradually turning and momentum is finally beginning to build toward tackling the pandemic on the scale that it must be dealt with. "Canadians' close connection to Stephen Lewis puts us in a unique position to help build the momentum to deal with the HIV/AIDS crisis" said Martin Long President of the Elementary Teachers of Toronto.

Toronto Teachers have a history of initiating and participating in community and school-based projects such as the Caribbean hurricane and tsunami relief efforts. "For us, now is the time to provide sustained support on the issue of AIDS in Africa," said Long.

The AIDS in Africa campaign will provide support to individual teachers who participate in, or initiate projects in their school community, while publicizing the efforts to teachers in Toronto and across the province. Teachers will also challenge other unions and professional associations to launch similar fundraising efforts among their members. "Canadians are practically unanimous when it comes to our desire to have Canada make a big contribution to alleviating the world's most serious problems. For anyone who feels that way, African AIDS is the issue and now is the time," said Long.

Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Time: 7 - 10 pm
Location: Sam Sorbara Hall, St. Michael's College, just north of Bay and Wellesley
Spokesperson: Martin Long, President, Elementary Teachers of Toronto
Photo Opportunity: Stephen Lewis, Martin Long
Interviews: For Mr. Lewis: Christina Magill, 416.657.4458 clmagill@shaw.ca
For Mr. Long: 416.820.6156


/For further information: David Kraft 416.807.6856

Contact Information

  • Martin Long, President,, Elementary Teachers of Toronto
    Primary Phone: 416-820-6156