The Quebec AIDS Foundation also responds today on behalf of the Farha Foundation. The two entities merged for a common cause on April 1, 2017. The Farha Foundation has largely contributed to the cause of HIV/AIDS in Quebec, in particular by organizing events that brought together nearly 20,000 people.
Since its inception, the Farha Foundation has distributed nearly $10 million to 76 HIV/AIDS organizations in Quebec providing care and services (housing, medication, food, palliative care, counselling, home care, etc.) .) as well as prevention and education programs.
It was Montreal businessman Ron Farha who founded the Farha Foundation in 1992. Diagnosed with AIDS a few years earlier, Ron’s experience with the disease alerted him to the lack of financial, medical and emotional support offered to people living with HIV. He decided to become a spokesperson and create a fundraiser for people with HIV/AIDS. Ron Farha passed away in 1993, leaving behind a legacy of hope and determination to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The day after his death, it was Evelyn Farha, his mother, who decided to perpetuate his work. Her goal is to ensure that no other family suffers the same loss as her by making the community understand that the disease is preventable. She will fight against the stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS for 25 years. The honorary president of the Farha Foundation died on January 18, 2018 at the age of 92.
Thanks to her dedicated and hard work, Evelyn Farha received many awards and honors during her life and posthumously as well.