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Hope Rising: featuring Alicia Keys, K’NAAN and more!

May 5, 2011

Thank you to everyone for making Hope Rising a success! A special thanks to our presenting sponsor, CIBC, and all of the artists and sponsors whose generosity made the night possible. Hope truly is rising here and in communities across sub-Saharan Africa that are turning the tide of AIDS.

Read more, view photos and watch video clips from Hope Rising, a benefit concert for the Stephen Lewis Foundation at the links below:

To find out more about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the grassroots African organizations we support, click here.

View photos from the event on our Flickr channel:

Dare to Wear Love on TVO’s Get Involved (VIDEO)

March 22, 2011

Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell, the men behind Canadian fashion label Hoax Couture, were recently profiled on TVO’s Get Involved. In the video, Jim, Chris and Ilana Landsberg-Lewis — Executive Director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation — talk about Hoax Couture’s efforts to support the Foundation through Dare to Wear Love, the fashion-forward and cause-driven fashion show that since 2009 has closed out LG Fashion Week beauty by L’Oréal Paris (a.k.a. Toronto Fashion Week).

To find out more about Dare to Wear Love, click here!

Dare 2010 slideshow (VIDEO)

January 21, 2011
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Thousands of Canadians participated in A Dare to Remember 2010, whether by daring or donating. Many Darers sent us inspiring photos and videos of their Dares, so we created this Dare 2010 slideshow to showcase their ingenuity.

Check out the video above to watch some amazing Dares in action! These are just a snapshot of all of the Dares out there, many of which are continuing into 2011.

To find out more about A Dare to Remember, visit adaretoremember.com.

20 “Dodgeball Maniacs” and a World-Record Dare

January 5, 2011
Helder Brum and his trusty dodgeball

Helder Brum weilds his trusty dodgeball. (Photo from facebook.com/dodgeballdare)

Last year we blogged about Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow, the Montreal-based yoga instructor who broke the Guinness world yoga-marathon record as her Dare for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s A Dare to Remember campaign. Today we have another world-record-level Dare to tell you about — except this one involves far less graceful posing, and far more throwing foam balls at people.

Starting this Friday, January 7th at 7 PM, Helder Brum and 19 other self-described “dodgeball maniacs” will take to the court for a 36-hour world-record dodgeball game in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation! The team has already raised $4000 for African community AIDS organizations, and hopes to raise at least $2000 more.

Want to watch the fun or find out more? Visit facebook.com/dodgeballdare for directions, information on watching the event live online, and more. Want to donate to the cause? You can do so by clicking here.

You can read more about the 36-Hour Dodgeball Dare in this article from Inside Toronto, and this article from Metro.

Dare 2010: Lethbridge College students and staff dare to be dessert

December 21, 2010

Here’s a sweet video from the Dare to Remember 2010 campaign. Students at Lethbridge College in Alberta dared their professors to take pies in the face in support of African community organizations funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. You can find out more about this delicious Dare by clicking here.

Dare 2010: Yasmin, yoga and a daring world record

December 14, 2010
Yasmin during her yoga marathon

Yasmin during her yoga marathon. (Image from her blog.)

In August 2010, Montreal yoga instructor Yasmin Fudakowska-Gow completed 32 straight hours of yoga, breaking the Guinness world record for longest yoga marathon. But her incredible feat wasn’t simply for the satisfaction of holding a Guinness record — she took on her challenge as a Dare for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s A Dare to Remember campaign. And what a Dare it was: as of World Aids Day (December 1st), Yasmin had raised over $10,800 for African community organizations turning the tide of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Yasmin recently spoke with Radio Canada International’s The Link about her Dare and the Foundation’s work. You can listen to her interview with host Mark Montgomery by clicking here.

Friday December 10: Make your Aeroplan Miles doubly meaningful

December 9, 2010
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Let your donation TAKE FLIGHT! Donate your Aeroplan miles on December 10th!

Looking for a way to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation? Donate your much valued Aeroplan miles on Friday, December 10th! While you can donate miles any day of the year, Aeroplan’s Beyond Miles will match every mile donated to the Foundation on December 10th.

These miles are incalculable in value. They enable the Foundation to bring the voices of African grassroots leaders directly to communities in Canada. They allow our Field Representatives (predominantly African women experts) to visit the projects first-hand. And they make it possible for African community workers to come together to share their strategies, experiences and successes.

There are countless ways to support grassroots organizations working to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa. This is a profound and concrete way to make a difference. Aeroplan miles facilitate their work and allow the Foundation to direct funding to support projects directly.

To donate your much-needed Aeroplan miles, click here.

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