Theatre Cares Week helps raise funds for HIV/AIDS

Vancouver’s theatre community is set for its annual Theatre Cares Week February 11 – 17, 2013, helping to raise funds for HIV/AIDS relief and the Actor’s Fund of Canada.

Theatre Cares Week Vancouver takes place February 11 - 17, 2013Theatre Cares Week is the annual fundraising effort from the performing arts community to help raise funds for local HIV/AIDS relief, the Actors’ Fund of Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an organization dedicated to the relief of HIV/AIDS in Africa.  Donations will be collected at participating theatres through February 17, 2013 with a goal to surpass the $30,000 raised last year.

“Finding money to keep much-needed programs going is not the only obstacle in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” says Diane Brown, Artistic Director for Ruby Slippers Theatre in a media release. “Education appears to be sorely lacking, as well. In 2004, the Canadian AIDS Society reported that a large number of youth believe there is not only a cure for HIV/AIDS, but there is also a vaccine available to prevent HIV infection. There isn’t.”

Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-run organization of professional theatre artists who have been raising awareness and funds for people living with HIV/AIDS since 1991.

Theatre Cares Week
11 – 17 February 2013

Visit http://www.theatrecares.com for a list of participating theatre companies and more information.

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