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Dine out to support fight against HIV/AIDS

More than 200 Metro Vancouver restaurants are inviting people to take part in Dining Out For Life — an annual North America-wide event where 25 per cent of the day’s sales go toward fighting the disease.

You can fight HIV/AIDS today with a fork.

More than 200 Metro Vancouver restaurants are inviting people to take part in Dining Out For Life — an annual North America-wide event where 25 per cent of the day’s sales go toward fighting the disease.

A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life, two organizations that support people with AIDS, are the Vancouver beneficiaries.

Hamilton Street Grill owner Neil Wyles said he hasn’t looked back since deciding to take part in the event 13 years ago.

“Having never done it before and not knowing anything about it, it was a rocking huge night,” said Wyles, referring to the first night his restaurant participated in Dining Out. “It was just like, ‘Wow, this is great.’”

Wyles said that it also speaks volumes for the restaurant community and that it’s “time to give back.”

Friends For Life executive director Sheena Sargeant said the event brings in about $100,000 for the organization.

“All (people) have to do is go out for a meal,” said Sargeant. “It’s pretty much the easiest way to go out and have a good time and support some really great work at the same time.”