We’d like to introduce an extraordinary little girl from an extraordinary Guelph family. Kalyna wanted to do something to help, so she took to the Guelph Farmers Market with her violin and played for the crowds. Then the next day she and her family went to the Aberfoyle market, braving very cold weather and rain.
Kalyna’s whole family helped, including her little brother who was a dedicated sign holder. Over the two days, Kalyna raised $352 for the refugee family, and her parents even matched the donation to double it up. THANK YOU!
The people of Guelph are creative and motivated to make a difference! If you would like to support this project in a creative way like Kalyna did, please let us know!
3 things to share with you today.
1. We are very excited to announce that the Air Canada foundation has donated $10,000 to this cause. This amount has yet to show up on our total on the MCC page (as of October 20th), but we’re well on our way to meeting our goal, which we’re very excited about.
2. We have had a bit of a hiccup with some of our support that has come via paypal. Due to the political nature of the word ‘Syria’ in the United States, paypal has rejected payments for a cause with ‘Syria’ in its name, so all our early donations from people who used paypal have been reversed. If you gave via paypal, please consider re-sending your gift to this so that it gets counted towards the total!
3. The children of this community are stepping up to the plate and doing what they can to make a difference. This has been an excellent opportunity to share with our kids the importance of helping those who need it, and they have really come through. Last weekend, a group of kids gathered a bunch of books and toys and sold them, raising $102.50 towards the goal! More initiatives are happening just like this, and we’ll tell you all about them.
Our fundraising goal is coming ever closer, with generous people from all walks of life really making a difference. News should be coming shortly regarding the family that will, before long, be moving into our community. Keep coming back here for more news.
On Saturday afternoon, 4 kids took to Sunny Acres park to sell some homemade cookies and muffins. Their parents had told them about the families from a place called Syria who are looking for a new home and the kids wanted to do something, so after some time in the kitchen with their parents, they went off to the park to sell their wares.
It was a bit slow going, but one parent from the neighbourhood brought his kids and got talking to Gina, the Mom who was spearheading the project to bring a family from Syria to Guelph. He worked at the city, and mentioned that the folks at council were looking to do something about the refugee crisis, as they, like so many others, were moved by the images of families desperate to find a safe place for their families to live. On Monday he mentioned it to a couple of the councillors, who saw this as an opportunity for the city to do something very local.
On Tuesday night at City Council, a motion passed allocating $5,000 to the group. Here is the Tribune article about it: http://www.guelphtribune.ca/news-story/5941258-city-pitches-in-aid-for-refugees/
Thank you to these 4 kids whose decision to do something resulted in quite a difference indeed!