Annie Liebovitz and Robert Bateman Support the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (Canada)

    TORONTO, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, September 23 at 6:00 p.m. the Art
for AIDS Orphans auction will take place at the Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street
West in Toronto. Photographs and paintings by internationally acclaimed
artists will be auctioned in Toronto to support over a million South African
children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Annie Liebovitz, Robert Bateman, Nick Brandt,
the late Herb Ritts, among many others, have generously offered their talents
to this cause.
    Globally AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 3 million children.
Millions more have been orphaned because of this devastating and completely
preventable disease. In South Africa alone, some 1.2 million children are
orphans and the numbers are increasing. 100% of the net proceeds from the
auction will go to the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (Canada) that supports
vulnerable children and youth in South Africa. All funds raised will be used
for the basics of life that these children desperately need: food, shelter,
medicine and education.
    This auction is also a tribute to Nelson Mandela who recently celebrated
his 90th birthday. His warmth, courage, and unshakeable commitment to the
cause of freedom have inspired millions of all ages and all races around the
world. In his lifetime, Nelson Mandela is making the world a better place and
is inspiring others to do the same - he has become an extraordinary role model
for children everywhere.
    At the trial, which led to his imprisonment, Nelson Mandela said, "I have
cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live
together in harmony and with equal opportunities." No one has done more in
pursuit of this ideal than he has and, at 90 years old, he stands out as a
humanitarian icon of the 20th and 21st centuries.
    The event organizers would like to thank all the sponsors including the
Drake Hotel that kindly provided a wonderful venue for this worthwhile

    About AFAO

    ART FOR AIDS ORPHANS is an annual art auction to benefit children
orphaned and affected by HIV and AIDS. Supported by international artists who
donate their work, local businesses who offer their services, an amazing urban
exhibit space and a lot of goodwill - this initiative aims to raise funds and
awareness through the annual auctions. AFAO has chosen the Nelson Mandela
Children's Fund (Canada) as a beneficiary, out of lifelong respect for its
founder and their solid programs of support. View the art and learn more about
the artists and auction at

    About the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (Canada)

    Founded following Nelson Mandela's historic visit to Canada in 1998, The
Nelson Mandela Children's Fund (Canada) exists to support the programs and
activities of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund in South Africa. In Canada,
the NMCF organizes and administers various programs and events designed to
help raise funds and heighten awareness of the challenges facing young people
and children in today's South Africa. In South Africa, NMCF helps to develop
skills and leadership abilities of children and youth and also runs programs
for those affected by HIV/AIDS. For more information please visit:

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Sprang, Phone: (416) 903-3241; Elena
Mazur, Communications & Development Coordinator, The Nelson Mandela Children's
Fund (Canada), Phone: (416) 496-8403 ext 230,

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