HALCO, bowling, and spending your money on something awesome

Bowling ball

I’ll be up-front. I’m asking you for money. But don’t run away! Any little bit will help, and it’s for a really great cause.  I’m on the fundraising committee for HALCO – the HIV and AIDS Legal-aid Clinic of Ontario.  HALCO’s 4th Annual Fundraising Bowl-a-thon is on November 3, 2012, at 8pm at Bathurst Bowlarama. And I’m going to bowl. In costume.

I need your help for two reasons:

1) HALCO is a really important organization.  They provide front-line legal services for people living with HIV & AIDS in Ontario. There’s still a lot of stigma associated with HIV & AIDS and people living with the virus can face discrimination in ways that others don’t.  It’s also a disease that disproportionately affects marginalized people. The fastest growing population infected with HIV? Women.

2) They won’t let me bowl if I don’t raise money! I only need to get $125 to be part of the team, but I think we can do much better than that.  After all, all the money raised goes directly to providing client services and your donation could make a huge difference.

Here’s how you can part with your money:

Go to http://www.halco.org/get-involved/donate and click the “Donate Now through Canada Helps” button. Please write “Lizz Bryce Bowlathon” in the message box.  You can donate any amount you like. $5 from 25 of you will get me to my goal. $10 from just 12.5 of you will do the trick. But if you go up to $20 you get one of those handy tax receipts! (If you donate $50 I will give you a hug*. $100 and I’ll take you out or a drink*)

Some details about HALCO:

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is a charitable, not-for-profit community-based legal clinic that provides free legal services to people living with HIV & AIDS in Ontario.  It is the only service of its kind in Canada and since 2006, the demand for our legal services has increased 90%.

For more information about the event, check us out at www.halco.org or call Rhonda Major, Fundraising & Volunteer Management Assistant 416-340-7790 x32 or by e-mail at majorr@lao.on.ca

To learn more about HALCO, read this super-informative pamphlet.

*Assuming I know you and you don’t intend to harm me in any way.

Photo courtesy of jonnykeelty on flickr

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