Children Of Toto Love, HIV Infected Kids

As seen in the Oct-Dec 2011 print edition of Pole Spin Magazine

On October 2nd, 2011 the small town of High River AB, Canada (population 11,000) will be introduced to pole dancing/fitness.  A fundraiser at the Red Bag store will take place and will feature pole demonstrations from some of the lovely gals of Pole Junkies of Calgary.  High River, which is 20 minutes south of Calgary, does not have a pole studio of it’s own but hopefully after some exposure, organizer Leah Grafton will be able to teach this fabulous form of exercise to women in the smaller towns.

The fundraiser, which is sponsored by Pole Spin Magazine’s Pole For A Cause and Red Bag, will also feature yoga demos, pole boot camp demos, raffles, silent auction, and refreshments. They will also be selling items such as calendars to raise money for an HIV+ orphanage in Embu, Kenya that Leah visited in 2009 and 2010 and will return in 2012.  The event is free and money will be raised from the sale of items, making it a great opportunity for families to enjoy an affordable day out.

Raising awareness of health, nutrition and Aids/HIV is the main goal.  The children of Toto Love are all HIV+ except for 1 girl, and if it wasn’t for Toto Love Children’s Home, many would be living on the streets not receiving the anti viral medication that they need to survive.  Toto Love provides more than a roof over their heads, they also were accepted to a school in Embu. Going to school would not be possible if they were not in an orphanage. Many of the schools had rejected the children saying that their HIV would be too medically encumber some and they may miss too much of their studies. Some of the children are so far behind that they are teenagers going to grade 1 or even nursery.  Also important in their new life is nutrition.

Finally these children are eating at least 3 times a day and eating foods that work with their fragile immune system.  They are now living in a conducive environment, with food, shelter, medicine, support and love.

As part of Pole Spin magazine’s charity initiative drive through Pole For A Cause™, a portion of the net proceeds of the celebratory anniversary issue of Oct-Dec 2011 sale at the American Pole Fitness Championships, Friday, October 14, 2011 in New York City, up to $500 will be donated to the Toto Love Children’s Home Foundation for the HIV orphanage kids. The story of how Leah discovered the orphanage and of her loyal dedication to the orphanage is featured in the celebratory issue along with highlights of the progress with the kids. Copies sold at the theater will be accompanied by a generous size 18×24 inches free posters of The Awareness Issue cover to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the publication. The anniversary bash will take place after the championships at Stitch Bar & Lounge with pole performances by Prana of France and Marina Cavalini of Sweden.

For more information about Toto Love Children’s Home please visit Totolove.org and for direct donations to the organization, Compassion Works International: http://www.cwionline.org. Donations of over $20 will be given a tax receipt upon request through Compassion Works International.

Read more about the Toto Love children in the 1 year anniversary issue of Pole Spin Magazine. Get your copy sent to you worldwide. On newsstands and bookstores starting October 4, 2011

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