Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Black AIDS Prevention Organization Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP), the largest service provider of its kind in Canada, is celebrating a milestone and will also honour its founders.

On November 21 at 7:00 p.m., the organization will hold its Joyful Giving 30th Anniversary Gala inside the Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures at the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park in Toronto.

For the past 30 years, 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 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. 

The Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention is a community of outreach experts, support specialists, and activists dedicated to improving health outcomes for ACB people who are living with, and affected by HIV. Its work is guided by the motto “Because All Black Peoples’ Lives are Important,” which serves as a reminder that ACB people are at especially high risk and are at even greater risk of experiencing negative outcomes when they are not connected to care and services.

For more information about the Joyful Giving 30th Anniversary Celebration, contact
 Nief Neamatt at 416-977-9955 or by email at n.neamatt@black-cap.com

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