TORONTO, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - This Sunday June 3, hundreds of Canadians from across the GTA will take the 'Race For Dignity Challenge' by spinning together on stationary bikes at Yonge-Dundas Square. Participants will cycle in an effort to bring attention to the issue of access to treatment for millions affected by HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria in Africa. The sixth annual spin-a-thon raises funds for the innovative and life-saving work of Canadian medial humanitarian organization, Dignitas International.
The outdoor family-friendly event will feature rousing performances from Toronto's hottest pop/hip-hop trio Nights &Weekends, Juno-winning singer/songwriter Donné Roberts, the passionate DJ L'Oqenz, and energy-pumping dance troupe Fit2Dance. Confirmed speakers include the Honourable Dr. Carolyn Bennett, MP for St. Paul's and Olivia Chow, MP for Trinity-Spadina. All are welcome to attend and support this effort to improve access to health care in Africa.
"Millions lack access to treatment and care for diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria," explains Dr. Michael Schull, Interim President and CEO of Dignitas International. "At a time when health systems are threatened by global cutbacks, Canadians are coming together to show solidarity with patients, health care workers, researchers, and policymakers in sub-Saharan Africa who are fighting for the health of their communities." According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 15 million people die every year from communicable diseases - more than a quarter of these deaths are caused by HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria. With access to treatment and care, these deaths could easily be avoided.
Since 2007, the Race For Dignity Challenge has raised more than $1.4 million for innovative health programs in Africa. Donations can be made at dignitasinternational.org.
|WHAT:||2012 Race For Dignity Challenge|
|WHEN:||Sunday June 3, 2012; 9AM to 1:30PM (Kick-Off at 9:45am)|
|WHERE:||Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto|
About Dignitas International
Dignitas International is a Canadian leader developing solutions for global health. Committed to innovation, Dignitas works with patients, health workers, researchers, and policymakers to tackle barriers to health care in resource-limited communities. Combining frontline expertise and rigorous research, Dignitas saves lives and upholds the health and dignity of the world's most vulnerable by increasing access to care, strengthening health systems, and shaping health policy at the regional and international levels.
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