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Celebrities serve Dim Sum in support of HIV/AIDS Outreach in Vancouver's Asian Communities

September 26, 2011 - VANCOUVER, BC: October 1, 2011 AIDS Vancouver will host the Fourth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum Event ~ a unique Dim Sum experience where members of the community have the opportunity to mingle with Vancouver's local celebrities, while enjoying authentic Dim Sum. All proceeds from this event will help support AIDS Vancouver's - Asian Community Outreach Project.

The AIDS Vancouver Asian Outreach Project serves Asian people with substance use issues, with HIV or at risk of infection in the DTES and Vancouver's Downtown. The project supports the development of skills, knowledge and resources to increase self efficacy to respond to the community's changing needs. The project also serves to facilitate access to appropriate services and supports. Goals of this project are to reduce the spread of HIV within the Asian community and support persons living with HIV/AIDS to improve their health and quality of life

Brian Chittock, AIDS Vancouver's Executive Director states that "AIDS Vancouver believes that it was vitally important to expand our current programs and services to include the Asian Community Outreach Project in consideration of how few services are being provided to those at-risk within Vancouver's Asian communities."

What: The Fourth Annual Celebrity Dim Sum Event, emceed by Fred Lee and Sophie Lui. Famous Celebrities from TV, Radio, Government and City Council will serve carts of Dim Sum to guests in support of the AIDS Vancouver's Asian Outreach Project.

Who: Emcees: Fred Lee- CBC, The Vancouver Courier and the National Post Sophie Lui - Global BC Morning News

Celebrity Servers

  • Suzanne Anton: Councillor - City of Vancouver
  • Ann Luu: CBC
  • Adriane Carr: Deputy Leader - Green Party of Canada
  • Gloria Macarenko: Host, CBC News: Vancouver
  • Dawn Chubai: Host, Citytv Breakfast Television
  • Claire Martin: CBC
  • Rick Cluff: CBC Radio One
  • Riaz Meghji: Host, Citytv Breakfast Television
  • Steve Darling: Global BC's Morning News
  • Cecilia Walters: CBC Radio One
  • Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, M.P.
  • Carol Wang: OMNI News: Mandarin Edition
  • Vicki Gaberau: Radio and TV personality
  • With a special appearance by Vancouver City Mayor, Gregor Robertson

    When: October 1st, 11am -1pm

    Where: Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant, 3888 Main Street, Vancouver

    All media are invited to cover this meaningful event, please contact us to book a spot.



    Media Enquiries or Interviews:
    Jessica Wood
    Director of Development and Public Relations
    Direct: 604 696 4659

    Fleur Cooper
    Development and Communications Manager
    Direct: 604 696 4657

    About AIDS Vancouver

    The first AIDS service organization in Canada. AIDS Vancouver was founded in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada. The agency was formed in response to an emerging disease that was starting to infect and affect local communities in Vancouver, specifically gay men. From our beginning, AIDS Vancouver evolved with the progression of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This evolution has made our service delivery and program development relevant and innovative today.

    While setting standards for excellence in program and service delivery, we work with policy makers to address complex legal, ethical and socioeconomic issues. The principles of Health Promotion, Harm Reduction, Community Based Research, Community Development and Volunteerism guide and direct us.

    AIDS Vancouver-what we do.

    Our mission is to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and community-based research. Our mandate is Prevent Act Support.

    AIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic.

    Each year, over 7,000 people from all over the world are accessing some form of service provided by AIDS Vancouver. AIDS Vancouver continues to respond to the ongoing changing and challenging health care environment of HIV/AIDS and is fully dedicated to grow and respond to meet the needs of the community we serve. AIDS Vancouver strives to keep our programming innovative and relevant.

    We offer a comprehensive range of services. Specifically, we have intensive and long-term case management, care teams (the only at home individual support program in the city), the only HIV positive nutrition focused grocery program in Vancouver for HIV positive individuals in need, confidential helpline, an information & resource centre providing materials in numerous languages to support newly arrived Canadians, as well as education, prevention and community outreach programs.

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