There are rare times when a major struggle finds a highly accessible and workable program to advance it. This week, the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area will see for itself that the struggle against HIV/AIDS has found such a program.
This Thursday, April 24, 2014, ActionAIDS and Dining Out for Life International will host the 24th Annual Dining Out for Life, a day-long event devoted to supporting the groups and services that work tirelessly against the spread of HIV/AIDS in our community.
How It Works
On this day, over 150 restaurants throughout the Delaware Valley will donate 33% of their proceeds to AIDS research, care, and education. Participating restaurants are listed on the Dining Out for Life website and can be searched by location, cuisine, or meals served.
Dining Out for Life is also holding a 20% Off Tuesdays promotion. Donors of $25 or more at select restaurants will receive a 20% discount on their restaurant bill on any Tuesday for the duration of the year.
How It Started
This event was founded in 1991 as the brainchild of ActionAIDS volunteers. In 1996, wishing to enable the event to spread to other cities, ActionAIDS sold the idea to the newly-formed nonprofit Dining Out for Life International, at a price of one dollar.
24 years later, Dining Out for Life has reached 53 cities in North America. The event includes 3,500 establishments and raises nearly $4 million annually.
Who It Benefits
Proceeds go toward vital AIDS services in participating cities, such as care, prevention, education, testing, and counseling. In our own city, proceeds will benefit ActionAIDS, AIDS Delaware, Family and Community Service of Delaware County, The Camden Area Health Education Center, and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
How You Can Help
In addition to attending the event, participants are also encouraged to volunteer as ambassadors this Thursday. Ambassadors greet restaurant goers and inform them about the event, as well as deliver materials, post fliers, and distribute promotional materials. Those who wish to volunteer may register on the event website.
Anyone who has ever wished to make a contribution to the fight against AIDS but has not been able to lend their time or energy, or simply did not know where to begin, will rejoice at this opportunity to make their night out positively affect the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS, as well as help to fight its spread in our lifetime.
By Bessam Idani
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