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Fundraising for a much needed tractor & freezer truck for the Julio Antonio Mella International Solidarity (CIJAM) Camp in Caimito, Cuba.

Joe's Cafe – 1150 Commercial Drive (@William Street)
Vancouver, B.C

Do you sing? Act? Write? Or have another talent? Sign up for this fun and inclusive night of talent!

All Ages Welcome!

*All Talent Show entrants will be entered in a draw to win an exciting Cuban Prize pack! *

Tickets $5 in advance, or $10 at the door!

To Register call 778-889-7664 or 778-882-5223

What is the “Rumbo a Cuba Initiative”?

The CIJAM camp is where international solidarity guests stay while in volunteering in Cuba. Thousands of people visit CIJAM every year, up to 500 at one time, and it has been a real challenge for the camp to provide the necessary services to its guests, especially because of the cruel US blockade. If something breaks, it is never just as easy as buying a replacement.

Following a very successful fundraising campaign where we were able to provide the camp with a new water pump, we are continuing to help the camp which is so important to Cuba and the international solidarity movement. In discussions with the camp's workers, they have told us that the most urgent needs are now a tractor and a freezer truck.

When Cuba calls, we answer! We have launched a campaign to raise the necessary funds by December 31, 2015. This is an ambitious goal, but we believe with the support we are receiving from so many groups and individuals this will be possible. Please join us!

For more information, call 778-889-7664 or 778-882-5223


1. When Cuba Calls, We Answer! BBQ
Trout Lake Park 3300 Victoria Dr.

* Delicious Food* Live Music * Speakers * Games * Raffle * - Rain or Shine!

The event is free, raffle tickets for sale and BBQ by donation!

2. ¡Fiesta Cubana!
Drinks, delicious food & lots of Dancing!

Join “Iniciativa Rumbo a Cuba” for an exciting event to raise the money needed and help us get the items needed to the Julio Antonio Mella International Solidarity (CIJAM) Camp in Caimito, Cuba.

Tickets $10 in advance / $15 at the door
For tickets: 778-882-5223 or 778-889-7664


A Different Booklist presents:


Cuban doctor, Dr Jose de Jesus Portilla Garcia, who has been involved with many of Cuba's medical internationalist missions and is on a Canada-wide Tour, will be speaking at A Different Booklist on Cuba’s role in the fight against the Ebola disease in West Africa.

WHEN: FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 - 7:00 PM


Tel: 416-538-0889


Dr. Tour - Some of the events Print E-mail

Friday, May 15 - 7 pm
Press Conference - A Different Booklist (746 Bathhurst Street)
Organized by: Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association-Toronto

Tuesday, May 19 - 7pm
Room 1058, Mona Campbell Building
1459 Le Marchant Street, Dalhousie University
Organized by: Nova Scotia Cuba Association
For information: 902-449-4967, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday May 21 - 7 pm
Roundhouse Community Centre
81 Roundhouse Mews
Sponsored by: Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba,
Free the Cuban 5 Committee Vancouver,
Canadian Cuban Friendship Association - Vancouver.


Friday, May 22 - 7:30-10:30 pm
Unitarian Church, 1703 1st St. NW
Organized by: Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association-Calgary
For information: 403-289-4689 or 403-971-1948, Facebook

Monday, May 25 - 7:00 pm
Centre St-Pierre, Laure-Gaudreault Hall
1212 Panet Street, Montreal (near Beaudry metro)
Admission: voluntary contribution
Organized by: Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba
For information: 514-991-4388 or 514-298-6820, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wednesday, May 27 - 6:30 pm
URBIS, 267 King St East (formerly Volunteer Hamilton)
Venue is wheelchair accessible. 
Free event/donations accepted - all funds raised go to
CNC's Cuba for West Africa Fund. Join us!
For information or to get involved: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Saturday, May 30 - 7:30 pm
Steelworkers' Hall, 25 Cecil St. (south of College, east of Spadina)
Speakers: Fernando González, of the Cuban Five and Vice-President of the
Cuban Institute of Friendship with the People's (ICAP),
Dr. José Portilla García
Free admission
Organized by: Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association - Toronto


Africa Called, Cuba Answered Print E-mail

The Hamilton Friendship Association with Cuba proudly Presents:

Africa Called, Cuba Answered
Cuba’s Critical Contribution to the Fight against Ebola

Featuring Dr. José de Jesús Portilla García

Wednesday May 27 @630pm
URBIS 267 King St East (formerly Volunteer Hamilton)
Venue is wheelchair accessible

Free event/donations accepted

All funds raised go to CNC's Cuba for West Africa Fund

The Hamilton Friendship Association with Cuba is pleased to welcome Dr. José de Jesús Portilla García to McMaster Campus on Thursday May 28.  Dr. Portilla Garcia is taking part in a nation-wide tour organized by the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) to discuss the invaluable contribution of the Cuban medical brigades to the global fight against Ebola in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Standing side-by-side with the peoples of West Africa, more than 450 Cuban doctors and nurses – chosen from more than 15,000 volunteers - went to West Africa and joined the struggle against Ebola. The Cuban medical mission was by far the largest sent by any country.

Internationally recognized for their unique and successful model of medical internationalism, with tens of thousands of medical personnel stationed around the globe, Cuba has been at the forefront of disaster medical relief for decades. Always the first to send the most when disaster strikes, including to Indonesia, following the Tsunami and to Haiti and Pakistan following the earthquakes, Cuba consistently punches above its weight when it comes to medical relief work.  Come to see why Cuba’s unique medical brigades are renowned worldwide for their contribution to global health and friendship between nations.

About Dr. Portilla Garcia: Dr. Portilla García has considerable experience in and knowledge of Cuba's medical internationalist missions across the globe. He has had a distinguished career. Highlights include: chief of Cuban medical personnel during Cuba's internationalist mission in the former Republic of Congo; head of PCC’s Department of Heath for the province of Havana and director of the Department of Bilateral Collaboration in the Ministry of Public Health.  Dr. García Portilla also represents Cuba at various international conferences and gatherings.

The HFAC in coordination with the McMaster Michael DeGroote School of Medicine's Global Health Committe and Infectious Diseases Interest Group is hosting a special session for health care students and professionals on Thursday May 28. For more information on this, please contact us directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Join us!  For more information or to get involved contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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