will be the 20th Anniversary
of The Kumbaya Foundation
Kumbaya Foundation will once again power up to
focus on the global battle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic by bringing
together Canadians for an evening of music and words.
Foundation, established in 1992, raised over a million
dollars for the care of people living with AIDS and HIV. What
began as a gathering of Canadian musicians lead by singer Molly
Johnson, grew into an annual festival of music, art,
education and compassion that made a powerful impact on Canadians.
From 1992 to 1995 Kumbaya was broadcast live by MuchMusic, and
featured Canada's very best talent from Rush
to The Tragically Hip, from Barenaked
Ladies to Sarah McLachlan. In its inaugural,
history making years at the Ontario Place Forum and the Molson
Amphitheatre, Kumbaya's proud sponsors were Health Canada,
Molson Breweries, Much Music
and The House of Blues.
two decades later, the AIDS virus continues to spread world-wide,
there are 33.3 million people worldwide with HIV/AIDS as of December
2009. Women now account for just over half of the people affected.
Most affected have no access to treatment and, even for those
"lucky" enough to get the drugs. There is NO
CURE. In Canada, the rate of infection continues to rise alarmingly,
nearly doubling in the last decade. For more information,
and misinformation make the need for Kumbaya more relevant and
important than ever. By speaking directly to the next generation,
Kumbaya once again rises to the growing need and hosts a musical
event to raise AIDS awareness. In conjunction with the International
Conference on AIDS being held in Toronto, Kumbaya will lend a
powerful voice to the international community, demonstrating that
Canada cares passionately about the AIDS epidemic. The fundraising
efforts will benefit outstanding groups working for the cause,
including the Stephen Lewis Foundation, War
Child Canada and the Teresa Group.
International AIDS Conference
War Child Canada
Kumbaya team that were involved were veteran activists June
Callwood, Denise Donlon and Molly
Johnson, along with Shelley Ambrose,
Anna Ross, Mark Smith, Pegi
Cecconi, Velma Barkwell, Dianne
Summers, Kathy Cochrane, Don
Simpson, Carolyn V. Mill, Health
Canada, Chum Group, House of
Blues and many others who will help get the message heard.