The following post was written by Madeline Marmor, student intern at Art for AIDS International.

On February 6th, Art for AIDS International was invited to speak and showcase artwork at ‘I Was Never Taught This Dance – We’re All Getting Older!’, an Exclusive Professional Women’s Recognition event put on by CIBC Wood Gundy and the Mancinelli Financial Group at the London Hunt Club.

The event was attended by over 100 professional women and focused on key issues of aging, touching on mental, financial, and legal health. Debbie Gilbert, a certified Professional Consultant on Aging in private practice, was the keynote speaker and discussed different strategies for empowerment while growing older.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Hendrikus Bervoets was honoured as the second speaker of the event. He gave a brief speech about our workshops and the art created by the participants, informing the audience about how they have affected change in fighting HIV and AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

After the speeches, attendees were able to view our artwork exhibited in the foyer. Many were interested in the charity and our Executive Director was able to give a more detailed explanation of what Art for AIDS International is and does. At the end of the day, many pieces of artwork were sold, which we are all very happy about.

We would like to thank the CIBC Wood Gundy and Mancinelli Financial Group for the opportunity to share our message.