MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Dec. 1, 2016) - To mark World AIDS Day, the Maison du Parc is hosting a benefit concert at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul as part of its annual Voices of Hope event.
Voices of Hope, now in its 16th edition, is the main fundraising activity for the Maison du Parc, a non-profit organization supporting men and women with HIV/AIDS since 1991. This year is very special for the organization since it marks its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, Maestro Kent Nagano and 50 members of the OSM Musicians' Association will be performing Brahms' Requiem, accompanied by the professional choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul.
"A concert like this one is a wonderful way to restore hope to people with HIV and their families. Music is such a powerful force: it brings peace and serenity and ultimately helps us overcome fear. When the Maison du Parc first tried to open its doors 25 years ago, the cozy Victorian house facing La Fontaine Park was met with a great deal of resistance. Neighbours signed a petition: they didn't want people with AIDS in their backyard! At the time, the disease was fatal and not well understood, and people were scared," explains Marie-Kym Brisson, President of the Maison du Parc Board and Vice President of Business Development, Partnerships and Communications at Génome Québec.
"Today, the Maison du Parc is one of the last community-based residential facilities for people with HIV/AIDS here in Québec. It provides palliative care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those nearing the end of life. A portion of the funds raised each year by the benefit concert goes towards social reintegration and support activities. Thanks to new therapies, people with the disease live longer and can regain some independence, with our support," says L. Jacques Ménard, Honorary Chair of the event, Chairman of BMO Nesbitt Burns and President of BMO Financial Group, Québec.
The Maison du Parc is extremely grateful to the artists, musicians and vocalists for freely giving of their time and talent to the cause. In particular we would like to thank Maestro Nagano, M. Ménard, and all of our sponsors and donors.
Tickets still available by calling 514 790-1111.
To make a donation: https://www.canadahelps.org/fr/dn/9712
About the Maison du Parc
At the Maison du Parc, we tend to all aspects of our residents' well-being. Our approach is based on community action that builds on people's potential, not their limitations. Our focus is on autonomy, not dependence. We also believe that people with HIV/AIDS have the right to privacy, dignity and protection against discrimination and judgement.