Sometimes it’s difficult to identify the meaningful opportunities that can help you change history.
With all the technological advances, and millions of campaigns and opinions being shared on social media, young people in particular can feel unsure about the reliability of information being pushed toward you. However, history has shown us we can be instruments of change. Whether is it taking a stand on violence like Martin Luther King Jr. advocated for all Americans, or taking a seat as Rosa Parks did on a bus in 1955, we can make decisions to advance social initiatives that are right for our communities and, ultimately, the world.
Similarly, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is working to build a foundation of socially-minded youth by empowering young Canadians to make responsible decisions related to their health, through the Kisses 4 CANFAR campaign.
Kisses 4 CANFAR is an annual awareness campaign which educates young Canadians about HIV and AIDS while raising funds to support innovative research in prevention and treatment.
We believe change is possible by involving young people in awareness, and challenging them to look anew at HIV, its prevalence, impact and become active participants by kissing it goodbye. Just last year we raised over $143,000 from enthusiastic companies, schools and individuals and reached more than 2.5 million people across Canada – in every province and territory.
We are striving to kiss goodbye to a disease that, as of 2013, over 5 million young people (aged 10-24) are living with worldwide. The number of HIV infections among Canadian youth (aged 15-29) is on the rise and it now represents over one quarter of all HIV infections in Canada. This silent, preventable disease is living among our neighbours. It doesn’t pick and choose by gender or age, and you can take a stand by being an instrument of change.
To support this initiative, unite with us and keep the dialogue going: you can create a positive impact among your classmates, colleagues, friends, family and anyone willing to listen!