Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)

Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)

June 03, 2015 10:23 ET

Toronto answers the question: Can YOU Do Lunch? for Canadian HIV and AIDS Research

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 3, 2015) - Four Seasons Hotel - On June 4th, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) will host its third annual charity lunch in Toronto aimed at uniting women across Canada in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Can YOU Do Lunch? is hosted by CANFAR spokesperson and media personality Valerie Pringle and Jennifer Tory, RBC Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking.

Key Note Speaker: Ashley and Kari Murphy - growing up HIV positive, a family of resilience

The lunch will feature a key note address from 17 year old Ashley Murphy and her mother Kari. Ashley was born with HIV contracted from her birth mother. At just six months and weighing only eight pounds Ashley was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS and given just weeks to live. At that time, Kari Murphy received a call from Children's Aid about a baby who needed palliative care for the rest of her short life. Kari and her husband brought Ashley into their home, and somehow, Ashley defied the odds and lived. Now, a vivacious teen, Ashley is becoming an internationally known speaker, sharing her story of growing up HIV positive.

A call to action for Toronto's female executives and business community

With a quarter of those infected with HIV being female in Canada, and many more sisters, mothers, caregivers and friends having been affected by the disease, Can YOU Do Lunch? is an opportunity for women from Bay Street to Bloor Street to join together, network, and answer the call to action. HIV and AIDS is not over in Canada. The money raised at Can YOU Do Lunch? in Toronto will fund Canadian HIV and AIDS research, and education programs.

WHO: Jennifer Tory, RBC Group Head, CANFAR Spokesperson
Valerie Pringle CM, CANFAR Spokesperson
Christopher Bunting, CANFAR President and CEO
Dr. Stanley Read, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Chair, CANFAR Scientific Advisory Board and Consultant, HIV/AIDS Family Centered Care Program, Hospital for Sick Children
Ashley and Kari Murphy - special guest speakers speaking on living with HIV.

WHAT: Charity lunch event (click here for more information)

WHEN: Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, 60 Yorkville Avenue Toronto, Aria Room

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The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research is Canada's only independent charitable foundation dedicated to ending HIV and AIDS through research. CANFAR funds Canadian HIV and AIDS research and runs Canada's largest youth-based education and awareness campaign aimed at empowering youth with information about HIV and AIDS. To date, CANFAR has funded more than 450 HIV and AIDS research projects. Since 1987, CANFAR has awarded more than $18 million to HIV and AIDS research projects. Visit for more information.

Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview, please contact:
    Stephanie Rullo
    Manager, Communications and Marketing, CANFAR
    O: 416.361-6281