The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise welcomed Fanta Ongoiba, Executive Director, APAA, as our guest speaker to speak about Africans in Partnership Against AIDS
(APAA). APAA is a volunteer driven, charitable AIDS Service Organization serving the African communities in Toronto.
Fanta shared her experience of receiving a phone call requesting assistance communicating with a patient in hospital some years ago. From this experience she identified a gap in the community providing support in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to African people living with HIV/AIDS, their partners, family and friends.
Pedro presented Fanta with a cheque in the amount of $1,600 which was raised through our involvement in the Rotary Poker Walk for HIV/AIDS
held in April.
Mary Lou Harrison thanked Fanta for her presentation.
As a first in recent memory, the club meeting was conducted in english and french, making the information more accessible for a visiting Rotarian from Morocco, Maria Bensouda. Members with varying experience speaking french took the opportunity to do a little practice. In the end, Jameel Rahman expressed the sentiment of many members, "I proud that we conducted a club meeting in both official languages of Canada."
Les membres et les invités du Club Rotary de Toronto Sunrise ont apprécié la réalisation d'une réunion bilingue ce matin. Merci à Fanta et Maria pour nous rejoindre et faire de cette journée spéciale.