Bracelet of Hope gala fights AIDS in Lesotho

GUELPH – The Bracelet of Hope charity will host its 8th annual gala on Nov. 30, celebrating the United Nations theme of communities making a difference for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

The gala will be held one day before World AIDS Day, at the Frank Hasenfratz Centre for Excellence in Manufacturing in Guelph, Ontario.

“The Guelph community is a proven part of the global response to AIDS,” says Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, Founder of Bracelet of Hope.

“We are ordinary people choosing to do extraordinary things at a time when the world desperately needs to see not only our effort but our success.  We can end AIDS in the African country of Lesotho. We are making a lasting and indelible contribution to ending AIDS world-wide.”

Lesotho, Africa remains of the countries most devastated by HIV/AIDS

One in four people are living with HIV and there are currently 200,000 children who have been orphaned by it. Since 2005, Bracelet of Hope and the Guelph community have been working together to tackle the barriers to treating and preventing HIV in Lesotho.

In announcing this year’s theme, “Communities Make the Difference”, the UN states that a “greater mobilization of communities to help those affected and reduce stigma is urgently required.”

At the event guests will be treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a sit down dinner and live music.

Participating in silent and live auctions along with other fundraising activities, guests will raise much needed funds to support Bracelet of Hope’s mobile health units which deliver HIV testing and treatment to rural populations.

This passionate network of gala-goers raised over $80,000 at last year’s event alone.

Bracelet of Hope is setting out to raise $100,000 at this year’s event to expand their mobile health unit program. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still help them reach this goal by donating online at

The gala is locally sponsored by Armactool Inc., Dr. Arthur J. & Shelley Hilliker, Guelph Animal Hospital, Hope Clinic, Hope Health Centre, Peter A. McSherry Law Office, Prime Care Pharmacy Arboretum, Scott and Kelly Hunter, and Topsite Development including presenting print sponsor, K H & A Printing INC, presenting wine sponsor, Trail Estate Winery and presenting beer sponsor, Wellington Brewery.

For more information on the 2019 World AIDS Day Gala, FAQs, registration or donations visit

Bracelet of Hope is planning to expand its efforts in Lesotho, reaching out to providing HIV and primary care to tens of thousands of people in remote areas who would otherwise be without it.