We received a certificate from Fort York Food Bank (FYFB) in recognition of our voluntary service!! THANK YOU to all our members and friends who have dedicated their time to serve their community. This community partnership has been a great success!
Our next volunteer opportunity with FYFB is this Saturday, December 28th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
December 1st was World AIDS Day! Globally, an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. It is devastating that children are orphaned when their parent(s) die from the virus. Thankfully, there are organizations out there trying to assist these children. People to People Aid Organization (Canada) has an Orphan Sponsorship Program in Ethiopia and we were delighted to present them with a donation for $4140.00 for their initiative. We fundraised the money at the 2013 Rotary Trump AIDS Poker Walk and we look forward to participating in the walk again next year to continue supporting these charities.
Written by Joanne Ramjattan
Argos. I didn’t know much about them, just that I’d like to check off going to one of their games from my 2013 bucket list. Fortuitously for me, when I saw a last minute volunteer opportunity being held at an Argos game! R.S.V.P …Check and I was ready for my next Rotary / Rotaract adventure!
The task was selling 50/50 tickets; the goal was to sell-out! All proceeds would be going to 2 charities, the Canadian Safe School Network & Children’s Peace Theatre. Our day started at 11am at the Rogers Centre being prepped for gates opening and also strategizing our marketing methods.
I have to admit 5 minutes before the gates opened, my nerves almost had me ripping off that 50/50 smock and receding into the background; however, as soon as they opened I was a full-on selling machine! “GET YOUR 50/50 TICKEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTSSSSS!!!!!” would be my slogan for the next 2 hours. That, and my strategy of no eye contact and an I-don’t-need-your-money type attitude and in no time at all, my 200 tickets were gone! Less is more :-D. It also helped that the Argo and Tiger Cats fans knew about the 50/50 draw from previous years; but, I still think it helped them sell quicker!
Once our section sold out of our tickets we met up with everyone else on the lower level to see how they were all doing. I have to say, that when our team saw there were still people selling tickets, we proactively jumped into action to help attract the crowds and bring in more sales. That said, about an hour later, we were all sold out! 20,000 tickets sold, amounted to $29K, of which $14,500 went to the charities! It was a complete success and a great experience!
Getting out of my comfort zone, meeting new people, interacting with other Rotaracters/volunteer groups and helping others was a worthwhile Sunday! After we finished selling tickets we were able to find some empty seats and enjoy the rest of the game. Bonus! I want to thank the team I worked with, Sarah, Lise-Ann and Mark for making it a fun day as well. I’m already looking forward to the next adventure!
P.S. – It’s a shame it wasn’t a successful day for the Argos too!
Written by guest author Reema Gowani from the Rotaract Club of The University of Toronto
Trick or Eat, a charitable, Halloween-themed food drive – a program of the charitable organization, Meal Exchange – took place in High Park on Halloween night. A late update, but an update nonetheless! The Rotaract Club of Toronto paired up with The Rotaract Club of the University of Toronto to collect an astounding 1200 lbs. of canned goods and non-perishable food products to be donated to Fort York Food Bank! It was a fun night among all Rotaractors involved, both new and old – having fun while helping the greater good. Many homeless and underprivileged folks have benefitted from all the food Trick or Eat teams across the GTA have donated to various food banks. We thank our numerous enthusiastic volunteers for coming out that night. We would like to thank Maggi Cantwell for picking up the canned goods from the location in High Park where all the food was dropped off, and finally, thank our organizers, Leslie Lee and Reema Gowani, for putting together the event for our local area.
Homeless Connect Toronto, in partnership with Rotaract Club, is hosting the screening of the SkyWorks documentary, Home Safe Toronto on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7PM.
The main objective behind screening this documentary is to raise awareness about the reality of homelessness in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. In addition to highlighting the varied circumstances leading to homelessness, the film also reveals the often ignored issue of “hidden homelessness” among many individuals and families in the city.
Following the film screening, there will be a brief Q & A on the documentary with the Executive Director of Homeless Connect Toronto. She will also take the opportunity to introduce Homeless Connect Toronto – a new not-for-profit organization using a community-based approach to tackle homelessness in Toronto.
All proceeds will go towards the main Homeless Connect Toronto event in April 2014.
*Homeless Connect Toronto emerged out a successful model already implemented in several communities across North America.
The Rotary Club of Toronto West has released a request for nominations for its 2014 Rotary Youth Impact Awards. The winners of these awards will receive a $1000 scholarship toward a post-secondary education program.
Request for nominations:
Nomination submission form:
Please submit your nomination form(s) to:
Annual Youth Impact Awards Selection Committee Chair,
Mr. Doug Williams, 7 Elmcrest Road, Etobicoke, ON M9C 3R7
Tel: 416 626 3805 Email: ProfGreenThumb@hotmail.com
ShelterBox is maximising its personnel and aid in the Philippines to help displaced families after Typhoon Haiyan leaves devastation in its wake.
Following last month’s earthquake and Friday’s Typhoon Haiyan, ShelterBox has already deployed all its aid pre-positioned at the former US air base at Clark on Luzon island.
With more response teams arriving in the coming days, ShelterBox is now assessing the need to call on other stock held at Dubai, at Subang near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Melbourne in Australia and ait its Cornwall HQ in Helston.