A benefit concert for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, the second annual Hope Rising! brought Annie Lennox and Angelique Kidjo to Toronto.
Legendary singer-songwriter, philanthropist and political activist Annie Lennox headlined the second annual Hope Rising! A Benefit Concert for the Stephen Lewis Foundation presented by CIBC alongside Grammy Award-winning recording artist Angelique Kidjo. This epic evening of music and celebration took place at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. The benefit concert shone a celebratory spotlight on the pivotal role and power of African women as they overcome tremendous adversity and turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.
“As a passionate AIDS activist, I'm delighted to be performing at Hope Rising!. I share the conviction of the Stephen Lewis Foundation that community-based organizations in Africa, and particularly the women who are at the heart of the grassroots response, are playing a critical role in turning the tide of AIDS,” said Lennox. “I look forward to sharing the evening with African grandmothers, Angelique, Stephen, and other friends to shine a celebratory spotlight on the powerful work being done in Africa, and the powerful message of hope it brings all of us!”
The inaugural Hope Rising! benefit concert was held on May 3, 2011 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, which featured performances by Alicia Keys, K’naan, Angelique Kidjo, Rufus Wainwright and other renowned artists – who all generously donated their time and talent. The sold-out evening raised more than $500,000 in support of grassroots African communities working to turn the tide of HIV and AIDS in Africa.
About The Stephen Lewis Foundation:
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, children orphaned by AIDS, grandmothers, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, SLF has funded over 700 initiatives, partnering with over 300 community-based organizations in the 15 countries that have been hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic in Africa. For more information, visit www.stephenlewisfoundation.org.