Ottawa Fashion Week Speaks The Truth And Brings Social Issues To The Runway

Respected designers depict the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS; raising awareness, empathy and action
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March 15, 2011 - PRLog -- OTTAWA – MARCH 14, 2011 - Africa’s Children-Africa’s Future (AC-AF) and Ottawa Fashion Week (OFW) proudly present Walk the Truth a gala to raise funds which will help to ensure that orphans and vulnerable children who have been affected by HIV and AIDS are given the opportunities to go to school, to have a chance at a real childhood and to grow up into well-rounded adults.

The gala promises to unite people from the fashion, business, and not-for-profit sectors to draw attention to a cause that often gets forgotten in our daily lives.

Walk The Truth charity fashion show will take over the National Art Gallery for one special night featuring amazing and emerging talent from fashion, art and entertainment.

“We wanted to create a campaign that engages multiple sectors, reflects the ideas of children in our programmes and is ultimately inspiring and empowering for everyone,” said Gita Jaffe, executive director of AC-AF. “With Walk the Truth, we now have a platform to communicate the impressions and perceptions that the children [in our programmes] have about HIV and AIDS through the vision and skill of all of the fabulous designers who have generously donated their time and resources.”

The event will help raise money for HIV awareness, education and prevention programs and provide educational opportunities, support and care for vulnerable children and youth.

“This show will allow attendees to see the issues and connotations  surrounding HIV and AIDS through new perspectives and understanding,” said designer and event organizer Shaun Marq. “I hope to make an impact on everyone in attendance with what we have planned, and I cannot wait for the next phase in the campaign.”

When: March 20th, 2011
Where: National Art Gallery
380 Sussex Dr
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G8
Time: 9:00pm
Cost: $20, with additional donations welcome

To purchase tickets, visit the official OFW website at

To make a donation to AC-AF, please visit us at

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About AC-AF
Our vision is a future in which all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. In Africa, our key focus is on the most vulnerable children. AC-AF commits to build, strengthen and support community resources that will be used to provide sustainable and equitable solutions for improving and protecting the well-being and human rights of children. In Canada, AC-AF commits to promote understanding and awareness of the AIDS epidemic to youth.

About Ottawa Fashion Week
Ottawa Fashion Week seeks to create a platform for designers and artists to showcase their talent. It also aims to provide an opportunity for the citizens of Ottawa to actively participate in the intriguing world of fashion. 
Ottawa is filled with style conscious individuals who seek new and innovative ways to experience fashion. The designers taking part in OFW meet this demand by presenting designs that combine sophistication with creativity.
Source:Rebecca Marissa Cohen
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Tags:Children, Vulnerable, Orphan, Aids, Hiv, Africa, Fashion, Ottawa, Designer, Charity
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