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October 4, 2011
Congratulations Ana Maria!
Ana Maria Castillo (pictured on the right) was given the first ever Hope Award at the agency's annual general meeting on September 8. We are thrilled that Ana Maria is the first recipient of this award. Her more than 20 years of activism, optimism and support of our community is a rare treasure, just like her!
The award is one of three: Voice, Knowledge and Hope, conceived this year to reflect the outstanding contributions of volunteers to the work of the agency. One may be awarded each year on a rotating basis.
The Hope Award is given in honour of the Newman family who, in October 1991, chose to make their HIV status public and spoke out against stigma and discrimination. In facing the loss of Robbie and Kim, the remaining members of the Newman family continue to inspire hope for those living with HIV that they can "survive and thrive" enjoying life and contributing to their communities.
October 3, 2011
Are you a straight (heterosexual) Black man living in London? If so, you are invited to participate in a focus group with other straight Black men. This focus group is a part of the iSpeak research project.
The iSpeak research project is a project focusing on African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) straight men community in Ontario. African, Caribbean and Black people account for a disproportionately high share of the numbers of people in Ontario living with HIV. ACB men are particularly affected, accounting for an estimated 60% of ACB people infected with HIV (not including ACB men infected through sex with other men). Moreover, it has been estimated that less than half of ACB men who are infected with HIV are actually aware of their infection. However, AIDS service organizations, researchers and policy makers have continued to focus their efforts on ACB women and gay and bisexual men.
Clearly, understanding and addressing the HIV-related needs and challenges of heterosexual ACB is an urgent priority. The overall goal of this project is to develop further research and program options to address the HIV-related issues among ACB communities in Ontario. The project will help to engage ACB heterosexual men in the response to HIV, and engage service providers and other stakeholders to address the HIV-related needs and circumstances of ACB heterosexual men.
Download this poster to find out more information about signing up for the focus group.
September 29, 2011
On October 7th, 2011, RHAC along with the Middlesex-London Health Unit and My Sister's Place will be hosting a workshop for service providers who may have clients in the sex trade. Download this flyer to find out more information on this training opportunity.
September 29, 2011
Our Food Bank is Bare!! Donations Needed!!
RHAC operates a monthly food bank for HIV+ people who are living on limited incomes and/or struggling with health issues. We receive a generous amount of non-perishables from the London Food Bank four times a year, as well as ongoing regular donations from St. George’s Presbyterian Church and Metropolitan Community Church. We are grateful for these donations.
But due to an increase in the number of people accessing our food bank, known as the Country Cupboard, this season we are running low on supplies!!
We are in dire need of canned goods (stews, soups, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit), snacks items (puddings, fruit cups, granola bars) and personal hygiene items.
If you can help us out please call (519 434 1601)or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) our Client Services department. Your items can be dropped off at our office at #30 – 186 King Street, Mon. – Fri. 9:00-5:00 or we can arrange pick up of any of the above noted items.
Thank you so much for your support!
September 26, 2011
The early fundraised total from this year's Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life which happened on Saturday, September 17 at Springbank Gardens is over $30,000!
Pledges are still being gathered. Help us push the total even higher! You can make an online donation until the end of October! Visit the website to make a safe and easy online donation.
Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life is a national event that happens each year in September. Funds raised through London's Walk support programs and services at Camp Wendake, John Gordon Home and Regional HIV/AIDS Connection.
September 16, 2011
PFLAG London (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians, Gays and Trans) is resuming their meetings this fall. PFLAG invites you to meet with them on the third Monday of each month. The fall dates are Monday, September 19th, Monday, October 17th, and Monday, November 21st.
The meetings will take place at 7:00 pm at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, 186 King St., London. For more information, contact Lori Ward (519-686-7691) or Joanne King (519-319-6934) or download the poster.
September 13, 2011
A Taste For Life 2011 – A Savoury Success
The grand total is finally in!
Thank you to our sponsors, restaurants, diners, hosts and the many other volunteers who supported the 8th Annual A Taste For Life fundraising event on Wednesday, April 27 for Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC).
2,200 diners visited 31 local restaurants and helped raise over $72,000 in support of RHAC’s free services and programs for people living with, affected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Without fundraised dollars RHAC would not be able to continue to provide free services such as: Country Cupboard Food Bank, Wellness Assistance Fund, two AIDS vigils and much more.
Once again thank you for your support and we hope you will join us again on April 25, 2012.
August 18, 2011
Brian's reading and description of his own life events that motivated him to write Natural Order was compelling and passionate. Thank you, Brian for joining us and sharing on the evening of September 8.
Brian Francis's first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist. It was also named one of NOW Magazine's Top 10 Books of the Year, picked as a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and was an Extended Book Sense Pick. Francis is a recipient of the Writers' Union of Canada's Emerging Author Award.
Natural Order is his second novel. It tells the story of a senior woman coming to terms with the AIDS-related death of her son in the '80s.
August 11, 2011
The Ontario HIV & Substance Use Training Program (OHSUTP) is hosting two workshops in Woodstock and Sarnia for service providers interested in learning more about issues around HIV, Hepatitis C and substance use. This workshop is a good pofessional development opportunity to those working in the fields of substance use, mental health and social services and primary health.
The Woodstock workshop will be on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the Microtel Inn and Suites, located at 811 Athlone Ave, Woodstock. The workshop will run from 9:00 am-4:30 pm and there is a $40.00 fee, which covers continental breakfast and lunch on both days.
The Sarnia workshop will be on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 286 Front St. N., Sarnia. The workshop will run from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and there is a $40.00 fee, which covers continental breakfast and lunch on both days.
For more information on the workshops or to register, please visit www.ohsutp.ca or call 1-866-591-0347.
August 4, 2011
Are You Doin' It?
September 26-30, 2011
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) in partnership with London Intercommunity Health Centre’s Options Clinic and the Middlesex London Health Unit is holding Testing Awareness Week, September 26–30, 2011.
This public awareness campaign encourages people to learn about HIV and STI transmission, risk and testing.
Visit www.testingweek.ca to learn more.