Warm Hearts of Africa and Books with Wings Fundraiser

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Warm Hearts of Africa/Books With Wings: A Social Event With a Social Conscience

Thursday, June 14th, 2012
6:00 p.m.
The Thirty Bar
30 Carlton St,
$25 per ticket/$45 per couple includes live band food, and silent auction.

Tickets can purchased by clicking here.

Warm Hearts of Africa is a charitable movement founded by Michael Gregson and Matthew Steele, two friends and colleagues who undertook short term humanitarian missions in Malawi, assisting an HIV/AIDS volunteer organization. Upon returning to Canada in August of 06, after their first stint, they felt the need to empower those with whom they have worked. From these humble beginnings, the movement was set in motion across the country. Through goals of small business development, improvement in education and the strengthening of health care, we help Malawians help themselves.

Books with Wings sends new children’s books to First Nations children ages 3-9 living in remote communities in both northern BC and Manitoba. Books With Wings is a Toronto not-for-profit organization which provides brand new, quality picture books to First Nations children who reside in isolated Canadian communities. The organization consists of five dedicated volunteers who are driven by the belief that literacy, education and equal opportunity are critical elements in the transformation of the lives of our First Nations children. Books With Wings thus aims to encourage early literacy skills in children who do not have access to books of their own. We also seek to educate our book donors on the existing literacy-related challenges that affect our First Nations. We choose only literature which inspires curiosity, creativity and a love of reading. Ultimately, our goal is to befriend a young child and to help give him or her a brighter future through the written word.

Visit Warm Hearts of Africa and Books with Wings for more information about each organization.

From the site:

Join us for this year’s joint Warm Hearts of Africa/Books With Wings fundraising party and help us improve the lives of children in Malawi and of First Nations children living in Canada.

Featuring prominent Toronto musician, Ayron Mortley, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction with a selection of unique items to suit every taste and budget.

Come out for a great night with great people and give children the chance at an education!

Seen Reading brings the heat to Pongapalooza

May 8th, 2012 is the first annual Pongapalooza event, a ping pong tournament at SPiN Toronto in support of First Book Canada, an organization that brings awareness to low literacy rates in Canada and gets new books to children in need.

I’ve been asked to participate as an honorary team captain for Pongapalooza. Or, as it’s become affectionately known to me, Pongadongadingdong, because I never spell it right the first time.

First Book Canada stats to blow your mind:

  • 90 million books have been donated to date;
  • 35,000 books donated each day;
  • More than 29 million children across Canada and the United States live in low-income households. Most of these children have no age-appropriate books at home, and the classrooms and programs they attend are woefully under-resourced. Approximately two-thirds of these schools and programs cannot afford to buy books at retail prices.

While I’m thrilled to participate in Pongapingdongdongarama, I won’t lie, I’m somewhat relieved that I won’t actually be playing. It’s not because I don’t have a wicked wrist—I do. I played racquetball off a painted brick ball at the local “Y” as a child, so there’s nothing you can’t toss at me that I can’t toss back. (I toppled my water just as I wrote that and may have fried my laptop.) And, yes, it’s true, I did once break a girl’s nose with a shuttlecock off my badminton overhead shot. But . . . yesss . . . it’s plausible that I’ve been reprimanded a few times — maybe more — for foul language when my ball hits the tin on the squash court.* It’s probably for the best that I simply scream encouragement from the sidelines.

*While the above is true, so is the fact that I’ve won some version of “The Good Sport Award” in all things sporting and leisurely. We’re going to have a great time! You should come watch!

I mean, check out the gallery of honorary captains. We’re a hot lot! Get your spectator tickets and check us out. They’re only $25! Buy them here.