Daring feats aim to beat AIDS in Africa

October 21, 2010

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Last year, more than 100 health sciences students performed personal dares and encouraged others to sponsor them as part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s (SLF’s) A Dare to Remember campaign to fight the Sub-African AIDS pandemic.

Stepping out of their comfort zones with all manner of costumes, stunts and silliness, they raised more than $22,000, making them the campaign’s top-earning student team and second overall in the country.

And this year they’re out to do even better. Most of the dares on campus will occur from Oct. 19–22, but participants across the country have until World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, to complete their dares. Everyone is encouraged to join the SFU team at, where there are great DARE ideas.

Funds raised help support the grassroots initiatives funded by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This year’s campus dares include the DARE to freeze, at Kits Beach on Saturday Oct. 23, and individual dares: grad student Brian Lee will shave his head in class, and a group of first year health-science students will host an afternoon of African dance.

As part of the initiative, the SLF’s AfriGrand Caravan, travelling across Canada with African grandmothers and granddaughters orphaned by AIDS, will stop at the Burnaby campus on Nov. 4. At a 4-5 pm lecture in AQ C9001, a Swazi grandmother and her granddaughter will tell their stories of dealing with the ravages of AIDS.

Tickets are required but admission is free to SFU community members and high-school teachers from Burnaby and Coquitlam schools. Pick up tickets Oct. 19–22 in the Blusson Hall lobby, 10 am–2 pm. The lecture will be followed by a larger public fundraiser at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts that evening. More:


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