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03/26/2012 - Dining Out For Life 2012 - Vancouver Restaurants Support Local HIV/AIDS Programs

On Thursday, March 29, 2012, more than 200 restaurants in southwestern B.C. will donate 25% of their food sales to HIV/AIDS support organizations during Dining Out For Life.

Across North America, Dining Out For Life will help raise funds for 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Funds raised in the community STAY in the community; in 2011, there were 3,001 restaurants in 52 cities who supported the event, raising more than $3.4 million for local programs.

Over the past 16 years, restaurants across Greater Vancouver, the Sea to Sky corridor and Fraser Valley have raised more than $3 million for local HIV/AIDS organizations. Dining Out For Life is B.C.'s largest restaurant fundraiser.

Who Benefits From Dining Out For Life?

The Gastown/Downtown East Side of Vancouver maintains the highest HIV infection rate in North America, with 30 percent of the local population affected - mostly women. There are an estimated 18,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in B.C. It is estimated that as much as 80% of AIDS-related deaths are precipitated by malnutrition, due to patients lacking the resources to properly feed themselves. 

We all benefit when members of our community living with catastrophic illness enjoy a better quality of life and are able to manage their care effectively. By dining out on March 29, you will help two community organizations ease the burden of illness on patients and their families.

A Loving Spoonful will deliver more than 100,000 nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in greater Vancouver this year. A Loving Spoonful is guided by the principle that "No one living with AIDS should live with hunger." Friends For Life provides complementary and alternative medicine to improve the quality of life for HIV/AIDS patients, their families and the community.  With a support team of more than 200 health practitioner volunteers, it is North America's only comprehensive wellness centre that provides more than 50 types of therapies - from Chinese and naturopathic remedies and nutrition programs to counselling services and in-home palliative support - at no cost to its members.

And if those aren't enough reasons to support the event, here's another one: Dining Out For Life is transparent with its cost of fundraising; internationally in 2012, a very respectable 15.7% of funds raised went to expenses.

Reserve now to ensure your place at a participating Dining Out For Life restaurant!

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