World AIDS Day in Toronto - Media Availability Nov 28-Dec 1, 2007



    Canadian MD Jane Philpott leads efforts to raise funds for AIDS treatment
    in Africa

    TORONTO, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - A local doctor and mother of four who spent a
decade working in Africa, is raising funds for AIDS care and treatment in
Africa through a made-in-Canada grassroots campaign that makes it compelling
and easy for anyone to respond to the AIDS pandemic. Jane Philpott will
challenge anyone she can - from corporate lawyers to kids working a paper
route - to contribute a day's pay to help those affected by AIDS in Africa.
    "For me, the Give a Day Campaign is more than a means to mitigate the
plight of communities affected by AIDS - it's a powerful symbol of the
determination of everyday Canadians willing to dig into our own pockets to be
part of the solution." - Dr. Jane Philpott

    WHAT: The Give a Day Campaign

    In 2004, Jane organized her colleagues at Markham Stouffville Hospital to
donate a day of their income to help fight the AIDS pandemic. That year
$33,000 was raised. The Give a Day movement has exploded to include more than
15 leading law firms, 14 hospitals, and a wide variety of businesses, faith
groups, and individuals from Campbell River, British Columbia to Halifax, Nova
Scotia. In 2006, the Give a Day Campaign raised more than $500,000 to help
those affected by AIDS in Africa. For 2007, the Give a Day campaign is looking
to raise even more needed dollars.

    HOW IT WORKS

    While individuals can contribute at any time, Philpott urges Canadians to
recognize December 1 - World AIDS Day as the day to make their donation.
Giving details: (www.giveaday.ca).

    WHERE THE MONEY GOES

    Funds raised go directly to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and Dignitas
International, Canadian organizations chosen because of their impact at the
community level in Africa.
    "Give a Day is an intensely individual response to the AIDS pandemic. You
can't imagine what a few dollars will do to transform human life amongst
sophisticated and resilient people who are struggling for survival each day."
Stephen Lewis, Chair, Stephen Lewis Foundation www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.
    "To see first hand, the impact of AIDS on African communities inspires
you, as an individual, to try to do something to help. Dr. Philpott has taken
this further - she has inspired other individuals to join her in her fight
against AIDS." Dr. James Orbinski, Co-Founder & Chair, Dignitas International
www.dignitasinternational.org

    NOTE TO MEDIA: Dr Jane Philpott is available for media interviews as are
    individual Give a Day contributors and participants.





For further information:

For further information: Claire M. Tallarico, Give a Day 2007, (416)
690-0316

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