Toronto, Ontario, November 11, 2019 – The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), the largest service provider of its kind in Canada, is celebrating a momentous milestone, later this month, and will also honour its founders.
The organization will hold its Joyful Giving 30th Anniversary Gala inside the Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures, at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), on November 21 at 7:00 p.m.
For the past three decades, Black CAP — a volunteer-driven, charitable, not-for-profit, community-based organization — has worked in partnership with institutions and individuals, who support, in principle and practice, its mission, philosophy and activities.
Focused on curbing the HIV epidemic in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities, its mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within these communities, and to enhance the quality of life of ACB people living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS.
These ACB communities are experiencing disproportionate cases of new infections, which underscore the importance of Black CAP’s work. Only 1 in 35 people living in Canada are ACB, however, 1 in 7 people, living with HIV in Canada, are African, Caribbean or Black people. Issues of HIV-related stigma and discrimination, homophobia, anti-Black racism, immigration, poverty, and barriers to social inclusion impact their lives.
The Joyful Giving 30th Anniversary Celebration is a charity event, aimed at raising funds to support clients, who are new to Canada and grapple with mental health issues, medical costs, food insecurity, housing, immigration and other issues.
The celebration happens days before World AIDS Day – December 1 – which this year has the theme “Communities make the difference”.
The commemoration of World AIDS Day is an important opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities have played, and continue to play, in the AIDS response at the international, national and local levels.