No, you can’t get HIV/AIDS by kissing-HI​V/AIDS Action April 27th, 2013

Dear Friends,

We’ve come a long way since the days when people believed that you could contract HIV by breathing the same air as someone with HIV. We now live in a day and age where HIV-positive moms can safely breastfeed their infants. Despite recent reports of HIV-cured cases, HIV/AIDS is a battle we haven’t won yet.

The Rotaract Club of Toronto is participating in the Rotary Trump AIDS Poker Walk on April 27th and we would love the support of each of our members. This Walk has been going on for the past 6 years in Toronto and we’ve raised close to $500,000 for AIDS action.

This year the funds will go to Ongutai AIDS Clinic in Uganda and Ikhwezi Lokusa Wellness Centre in East London, South Africa. I was an Intern at Ikhwezi back in 2006 and saw firsthand the comprehensive care they provided to HIV/AIDS patients. Without clinics like Ongutai and Ikhwezi, HIV/AIDS patients will not receive the critical care, support and education they need to live healthy lives.

Please help our teams, Toronto Rotaract AIDS Trumpers! And P-P-Poker Face raise much needed funds for this worthwhile initiative. Our combined team goal is $3000. We have raised $1840 so far! Please help us exceed this goal for AIDS action!

You can donate by visiting either of our team pages and clicking on a team member to “sponsor”:
Toronto Rotaract AIDS Trumpers!

Rotaract AIDS Trumpers

P-P-P-oker Face

Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.

We thank you for your support in advance.

My very best,
Faridah, on behalf of Toronto Rotaract AIDS Trumpers! And P-P-P-oker Face

Rotaractors Spend an Evening “Puttin’ on the Glitz”

December 8, 2012. It wasn’t just your typical Saturday night!

“Puttin’ on the Glitz – Second Annual Charity Winter Gala” was a special evening of dinner, fashion show, dance and fellowship organized by the Rotaract Club of Mississauga. Rotarians, Rotaractors and friends of District 7080 came together to support and celebrate the PACT Urban Peace Program, which was launched by Rotarians in 1995.

What is PACT? It builds peace and hope in the urban and rural communities by helping youth reach their full potential in life through “Participation, Acknowledgement, Commitment and Transformation”. More specifically, it is an award-winning, result-driven and cost-conscious registered Canadian charity dedicated to working with, supporting and empowering under-privileged and at-risk youth, as well as repeat offenders.

In the Rotarian style, its members have been offering their time, service and charity to maintain this long and valued Rotary-PACT relationship. There are multiple LifeSkill initiatives, but the gala focused on the fruits of labour from the PACTFashion group. Celebrating progress and seeing a live t-shirt cutting design demonstration reinforced how contributions to the community can really pay off! It’s particularly exciting when the PACT initiative is so close to heart.

The evening ended off with a salsa lesson and a workout on the dance floor. The positive, upbeat momentum just kept going. What a Saturday night worth re-living!

Toronto Rotaractors attend Puttin' on the Glitz - the annual winter fundraiser for the Rotaract Club of Mississauga
Toronto Rotaractors attend Puttin’ on the Glitz – the annual winter fundraiser for the Rotaract Club of Mississauga

Rotaract and Rotary Support UforChange

By: Leslie Lee

On November 16th, 2012, Rotary Club of Toronto hosted a lunch at the Royal York Hotel, where Chalo Barrueta, the Executive Director of UforChange, was recognized for his charity’s mission. UforChange, which provides a 6 month creative program to high risk youth, received $14,000 from the Rotary Club of Toronto.

UforChange had recently gone through some cuts in funding, and during Chalo’s thank you speech, he announced his hopefulness for the future of his charity, that included Google as a new sponsor. His speech provides insight into the difference Rotary can make for its community.

Guest speaker, Ivan X. de Souza, President & CEO of the Brazilian Carnival Ball, also made a rather spicy speech, which included the showing of a YouTube video of what exactly the Ball entails (lots of dancing, fun, and beautiful decorations and entertainment!). The mission of the Brazilian Carnival Ball is to raise money for a variety of important causes in healthcare, research, culture and education in both Toronto and Brazil. This is accomplished by providing an authentic Brazilian extravaganza, with an entertaining evening of fun and excitement.

What made the Ball hit home in our hearts was when Ivan shared his story of how his beloved wife, Anna Maria de Souza, Founder of the Brazilian Carnival Ball, raised millions of dollars for numerous charities, and how her passing away to cancer in 2007 is a touching issue that keeps him connected to what the Brazilian Ball supports.

All in all, it was a good Friday lunch with past, present and future projects presented, and for members to understand the impact they do have when they contribute.

UforChange Representative Chalo poses with Rotaract Toronto members at the Rotary Club of Toronto Meeting
UforChange Representative Chalo poses with Rotaract Toronto members at the Rotary Club of Toronto Meeting

Rotaractors Collect Over 500 Non-Perishable Food Items on Halloween Night

The Rotaract Club of Toronto partnered with Meal Exchange for the annual “Trick or Eat” event to go out on Halloween Night (October 31, 2012) to collect non-perishable food items for charity and the fight against hunger.

The partnership with Meal Exchange meant that they gave us official materials such as posters, thank you cards and official volunteer badges. Also anyone who donated food could go online, register their donation and Loblaws would double their donation through a contribution of food to charity.

We canvassed the High Park area, spanning from Keele Station to Runnymede station therefore covering a lot of homes and ground.

Approximately 18 Rotaractors from the Rotaract club of Toronto and 2 Rotaractors from Rotaract club of York University went on to brave the elements and showed the true meaning of service above self.

In rain and also cold weather, they picked up approximately 500 items of food in the High Park area and this was given to the Yonge Street Mission in the fight against hunger!

Every month, over 850,000 Canadians don’t have enough food in their cupboards and have to go to a food bank to receive emergency food supplies. This Halloween, we made a difference in their lives by supporting Trick or Eat®.

Rotaract Sets Up Fundraising Page for Shelterbox Canada

Rotaract guest (soon to be member) and Shelterbox Ambassador Jessica Kim has set up a ShelterBox fundraising page for our club. The Rotaract Club of U of T has also joined us in this effort and they will be using this fundraising page as well.

Click here for more information.

For those that weren’t able to attend the last meeting, the Government of Canada is matching donations, dollar for dollar, until September 30, 2012. West Africa’s Sahel region is experiencing extreme food insecurity, malnutrition, and displacement due to violent conflict, so the more we can raise the better equipped Shelterbox will be to respond!

The hope is that each member will leverage their networks of friends, family, coworkers, etc. to contribute to an urgent cause.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if you’d like any content, images, etc. to accompany your appeal. Contact Jessica for more details.

Rotaractors give a helping hand with the Annual RCT Golf Tournament

By: Sangin Lee, Rotaractor

On August 23rd, Felix Loosmann, a fellow Rotaractor from Germany, and I had a great opportunity to volunteer at the Rotary Club of Toronto Golf Tournament. The event was held at Richmond Hill Golf Club. We helped one of the Rotarians facilitate the Putting Contest and assisted the photographer to find golf teams on the field. Similar to other Rotary events, we enjoyed good food and conversation with nice people.

Every year the Rotary Club of Toronto Gold Tournament raises money for a specific cause or charity and this year the Rotaract Clubs were asked to decide who would benefit from the funds raised. The Rotaract Clubs of Toronto and the University of Toronto have partnered with UforChange, an organization that works with new Canadian and low-income youth living in and around St. James Town to inspire them and give them the tools to succeed by providing support and resources to pursue higher education, volunteering, job shadowing and/or employment opportunities. We had the opportunity to meet the team from UforChange during the dinner portion of the day and had a great conversation with them.

It was a wonderful experience for me not only because it was the Rotary event, but also because it was my first experience on driving a golf cart on the golf club!


End of Polio Gala Event – Montréal

The Rotary Club of Montréal

invites you to join them for a dinner to raise awareness and funds for global polio eradication

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Rebel Brasserie Urbaine 1470 St Catherine St East, Montreal QC H2L 2J1
Corner of Alexandre de Sève, near Beaudry metro station

Featured Speakers:

The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada and polio survivor

Paul Beaulieu – Master of Ceremonies and Rotary International Coordinator Zone 24 East

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson – Chairman, The Rotary Foundation

Robert S. Scott – Chairman, Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee

d’Arcy Lunn – The Global Poverty Project and The End of Polio campaign

Ramesh Ferris – Canadian polio survivor and Rotarian

Price: $75.00 per person (includes dinner, cash bar is separate)

Payable in advance by cheque to: The Rotary Club of Montreal mail to: PO Box 205, Station B, Montreal, QC H3B 3J7 or upon arrival (cash only)

Please RSVP by August 25, 2012 to Manon Lennon, District 7040 Polio Plus Committee Chair Phone (514)-862-2392

If you can attend please join us, it would be wonderful to have you there! RSVP to Manon at

Trump Aids Poker Walk 2012 – We raised $1,125!

Team Rotarunners before going on the poker walk.

The 2012 Trump AIDS Poker Walk raised over $53,000 to support groups such as The Teresa Group where they work to advance the dignity and well-being of children and their families affected by HIV and AIDS, The Salvation Army – Howard Hospital situated in the Chiweshe communal land of Zimbabwe to provide care to people of all ages, and Dignitas International, a medical humanitarian organization that develops solutions for HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, and other priority diseases.

This year the Rotarunners of the Toronto Rotaract Club woke up to a bright and beautiful day where they would go head to head with other teams to compete for the best poker hand. Although the Rotarunners didn’t win the best poker hand, in my opinion, I must say that we would have been contenders for the most creative and honest hand. The first card drawn was a four, then a five and the rest of the cards will remain a secret and only known to the members of the Rotarunners who raised $1,125. To join in on the fun and to unravel the mystery of the game, I encourage you to participate next year!

Again, congratulations to the Rotarunners for their fundraising efforts to support international and local initiatives to fight HIV/AIDS!

Finally, thank you to all our wonderful sponsors who helped support our team and a great cause. We really appreciate it.

– Sarah H.

Volunteer and Join the Rotarunners at the 2012 Trump AIDS Poker Walk!

The Rotarunners from the 2011 Trump AIDS Poker Walk.

Hello Rotaractors,

It is that time of the year again: the time to support the Rotary International District 7070 in their 2012 Trump Aids Poker Walk!

Our Rotaract Club of Toronto is participating in The 2012 Trump Aids Poker Walk, to raise funds for international and local initiatives by participating Rotary Clubs and other groups to win the war on HIV/AIDS through education, prevention, treatment, support for orphans, surviving guardians and people living with AIDS. In addition, communities stricken by HIV/AIDS will be assisted in overcoming shortages of drinking water, food, or shelter – essential for recovery and a sustainable future.

Please JOIN our ROTARACT team and help us reach our fundraising goals!

Go to and click on ‘Join a team.’ From there scroll down to the amazing ‘Rotarunners – Toronto Rotaract’ team (our team!) and click on ‘Welcome to our team fundraising page’. On that page you will find a link to ‘JOIN the Rotarunners’… now, do exactly that! Click on the link, join our team and support our fundraising efforts!

If you want to find out more about how much fun we will have on the day of the walk, please click here: Also, please refer to the Walker Guide here.

Let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to our team meeting our $2,000 fundraising goal!


– Netila

We raised $740 from our “Tapped” Fundraiser!

Presenting a cheque for $740 to Norma D. from The Rotary Club of Eglinton to Support a Rainwater Harvesting Project in Nakuru, Kenya.

On Thursday, March 22, in celebration of World Water Day, the Rotaract Club of Toronto screened the movie “Tapped”, a documentary about the impact of bottled water on human health, the economy, and the environment. Ron Denham, Chair of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG), spoke to the group about the importance of water conservation. He shared his experience at the rainwater harvesting project in Nakuru, Kenya, where the $740 in proceeds are being donated.

Many thanks to Ron, our volunteers, and all the participants for making this a great event!

– Shelly