Theatre Cares Vancouver announces 2014 Theatre Cares Week
Vancouver, B.C. — Theatre Cares Vancouver is proud to announce this year’s Theatre Cares Week from February 17th to the 23rd, 2014. Theatre Cares Week is an annual fundraising effort that provides the performing arts community a chance to raise funds for charity. Donations will be collected at all participating theatres. This year’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for the Actors’ Fund of Canada, local HIV/AIDS relief, 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 for people living with HIV/AIDS since 1991. Throughout each year, Theatre Cares raises money at different events, notably Theatre Cares Week, which takes place in February of every year.
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.
The Theatre Cares Vancouver web site will list 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. This year, the organization hopes to surpass the $32,000 raised last year.
Theatre Cares Vancouver www.theatrecares.com
Actors’ Fund of Canada www.actorsfund.ca/
Stephen Lewis Foundation www.stephenlewisfoundation.org