So far this year, 2016, Theatre Cares Vancouver has raised $15,316.45 in donations from the generous audiences of The Arts Club Theatre. A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to them, and all of the Arts Club staff, for helping us raise money for our important charities.
“It is quite remarkable that you raise so much money year after year and allocate a hefty amount to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. I know many people who work in the theatre and its often done more as a labour of love….so this thank you doesn’t begin to convey how wonderful I think you all are.
We sincerely appreciate the longstanding support of Theatre Cares Vancouver, which has become so critical to the grassroots organizations that are turning the tide of AIDS in Africa.
…Let’s start with the obvious. Meeting the basic needs is a critical piece that cannot be ignored: children are in school, grandmothers have housing and food, people living with HIV and AIDS have access to home-based care, and women who experience sexual violence are supported.
But this is not the whole picture. Resilience is the word….it is not quantifiable and its not yet tracked by any international donors or funders. Not yet. But soon. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is in the midst of extensive consultation with our community-based partners to develop resilience-focussed Impact Assessment Framework. This would allow us to encourage and support people to do more, to allow them to live meaningful lives. To get them to the point where they realize that they have the energy and the capacity to do more. Get them to a place where they can see their future…” Stephen Lewis Foundation, Janet Solberg.
“…with your support we are able to continue helping entertainment industry members and their families through difficult times..with over $460,000 to aid professionals in times of need, through their injury and illness…” Actors Fund of Canada, David Hope
“On behalf of the members and the staff, I would like to say how appreciative and honoured we are that you chose Positive Living Society BC….you support goes to our Health and Wellness program, which offers a naturopathic clinic, dental hygiene and educational workshops for our members living with HIV. This program is constantly growing…another direct impact of your donation is our Healing Retreats which provide therapeutic workshops, meaningful peer connections and healthy recreation in a beautiful natural environment twice a year.” Positive Living of BC, Val Nicholson.
Theatre Cares Vancouver 2015
World Aids Day, Dec. 1, 2015, Vancouver, B.C. — Theatre Cares Vancouver is proud to announce that this year Theatre Cares raised an astonishing $27,000 for our charities. Huge thanks to The Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver Opera Association and Bard on the Beach.
Theatre Cares annually provides the performing arts community a chance to raise funds for important charities. Donations are collected at all participating theatres. This year’s mission was to raise funds and awareness for the Actors’ Fund of Canada, the Performing Arts Lodge which provides safe and affordable homes for people in the creative community, AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living B.C., and the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an organization dedicated to the relief of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-run organization of professional theatre artists who have been raising awareness and funds since 1991 for people in our community living with challenges including HIV/AIDS. Throughout each year, Theatre Cares raises money at different local theatres, whose generous patrons give donations.
Finding money to keep much-needed programs going in our performing arts community and larger community is not the only obstacle. Education appears to be sorely lacking as well, particularly for those living with HIV/Aids. 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.
JOIN US! The Theatre Cares Vancouver web site will list all participating theatres and provide links to their sites and/or to purchase tickets so people can find out at a glance where they can go to see a great show and also donate to a worthy cause. Vancouver’s theatre artists and audiences have shown tremendous support in past years, and we thank you all sincerely.
Actors’ Fund of Canada www.actorsfund.ca
Stephen Lewis Foundation www.stephenlewisfoundation.org
Postive Living B.C. www.positivelivingbc.org
AIDS Vancouver www.aidsvancouver.org
Performing Arts Lodge of Vancouver, www.palvancouver.org
Diane Brown, Chair Theatre Cares Vancouver
Chair of Theatre Cares, Diane Brown, presents Positive Living B.C.’s President Wayne Campbell with an $8500 donation on World Aids Day, December 1st, 2014. Three other charities received the same amount from Theatre Cares : Aids Vancouver, The Actors Fund of Canada, and The Stephen Lewis Foundation.
Theatre Cares Vancouver raises over $35,000 for charity
Dec 1st, 2014-Theatre Cares Vancouver has raised $35,000 in support of AIDS Vancouver, Positive Living in BC, the Actors’ Fund of Canada and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Each of these charities will receive $8,500 support from Theatre Cares. This is thanks to The Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, and Studio 58, whose patrons gave generously.
Finding money to keep much-needed programs going is not the only obstacle in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 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 has been raising funds and awareness since 1991. Throughout each year, Theatre Cares raises money at different events, notably Theatre Cares Week, which takes place in February of every year.
Without the generosity of the theatre patrons and the support of local theatre companies, both large and small, Theatre Cares would not be able to do the work that it does. Our fundraising over the years has benefited PAL Vancouver, the Coast Foundation, Triage Emergency Services & Care Society, Camp Moomba, PEERS Vancouver, Electric Company and the Positive Women’s Network, a partnership of women living with HIV/AIDS in British Columbia.
Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-based organization that unites the generous spirit of Vancouver’s performing arts community with its supporters to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS relief and other worthy causes.
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Chair, Theatre Cares Committee
Theatre Cares Vancouver is a volunteer-based organization that unites the generous spirit of Vancouver’s performing arts community with its supporters to raise funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS relief and other worthy causes. The funds raised by Theatre Cares Vancouver each year are donated to registered charities that support HIV/AIDS patients both at home and abroad: AIDS Vancouver, the Positive Living Society of BC, the Actors’ Fund of Canada, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Revenue comes from t-shirt and other merchandise sales, the Theatre Cares Martini Bar which makes an appearance at various events in the theatre community throughout the season, and from the funds donated at theatres each night by generous audience members during Theatre Cares Week. For news on this year’s Theatre Cares Week, click here. Because our committee works on a volunteer basis, we are able to donate 90% of the funds we raise to the charities we support.
There is no cure for HIV/AIDS.
In sub-Saharan Africa today, 22.5 million people are living with HIV/ AIDS, 61% of whom are women and girls, and more than 2 million of whom die each year. Eight hundred to 1000 people die from AIDS each day in South Africa alone.*
Approximately 58,000 Canadians are currently living with HIV/AIDS, and researchers estimate that an additional 17,000 are unaware they are infected.**
New infections are on the rise. It is estimated that over 4,000 Canadians are infected with HIV every year.**
These statistics reflect only what is known about the people who have chosen to be tested.
The Canadian AIDS Society has reported that a large number of youth believe there is not only a cure for HIV/AIDS, but also a vaccine available to prevent HIV infection. There isn’t.
* data from the Stephen Lewis Foundation
** AIDS Committee of Toronto