Premier Dalton McGuinty joins Toronto school children at World Vision's CN Tower AIDS event



    Toronto to kick off 17-city global vigil to honour children around the
    world orphaned by AIDS

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - Every 14 seconds, somewhere in the world a child
loses a parent to AIDS. Every day, 6,000 children begin grieving. On Nov. 29,
World Vision invites Canadians to stand with these children by participating
in 6,000 Reasons to Act - a global vigil. The event will kick off in Toronto,
continue westward to 17 cities worldwide and end 24 hours later in New York
City, leading up to World AIDS Day. During the day, the names of
6,000 children who have lost a parent will be read aloud.
    Premier Dalton McGuinty and other special guests will join pupils from
Keele Street Junior Public School at the top of the CN Tower. They will read
the names of 360 children, as a bell tolls between each reading. Stories about
the children and facts about AIDS will be interspersed during the reading.
Afterwards, the children will create artwork that will be sent to the 2008
International AIDS Conference to be held in Mexico.
    During the vigil, the results of a new global public opinion poll
conducted by Ipsos Reid for World Vision will be released. The poll compares
Canada to other G8 countries with respect to attitudes about the global AIDS
crisis. It includes the first attitudes index on AIDS, ranking seven of the
world's wealthiest countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
the United Kingdom and the United States.

    
    WHAT:      6,000 Reasons to Act Global Vigil, Canadian leg and global
               kick-off

    WHEN:      9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Thursday, November 29, 2007

    WHERE:     Horizons Café, CN Tower (Look Out Level)

    SPEAKERS:  Premier Dalton McGuinty
               Hon. George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
               for Ontario
               Dr. Glenys A. Babcock, vice president of Ipsos Reid
               Dirk Booy, executive vice president of World Vision
               Rauni Salminen, executive director of the Philip Aziz Centre
               Agnes Muvira-Kiromera, World Vision regional program manager
               for Africa
               Christopher Wachira, World Vision program manager, Voi, Kenya
               Grade five and six Keele Street Junior Public School students
    

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, we serve all people
regardless of religion, race, gender or ethnicity. For more information,
please visit WorldVision.ca.





For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Tiffany
Baggetta, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2485, (416) 677-4450 (cell),
tiffany_baggetta@worldvision.ca; Sharon Marshall, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2213,
(416) 677-4354 (cell), sharon_marshall@worldvision.ca


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