Tag Archives: Toronto

Toronto Wins!

2 May

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The joy that Torontonians felt last night, after the Raptors beat the Pacers in Game 7, cannot be put into words. Rather, screams, cheers, and even tears, can help paint a more accurate picture of what took place in my living room, Jurassic Park, and the Air Canada Centre.

It was a great week to be a Torontonian: Drake released his highly anticipated album, Views (which was well worth the wait), the Maple Leafs won the 1st overall pick in the NHL draft lottery (I’m not a hockey fan, but this is a win), and the Jays beat the Rays.

To say that the vibe in Toronto was epic is an understatement. There’s something to be said about when a city comes together in the name of sport. My dad always told me, sport mirrors life, and I couldn’t agree more! The camaraderie and friendships that form between fans is so much fun. I can tell you, I have a little  Raptors Twitter family who I engage with during games, and while we might not be at the ACC, we are certainly enjoying the game through a different perspective.

Toronto pride!

Merzybean

Savannah’s Smile: Light the Night Walk

26 Sep
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In loving memory.

Savannah H. Munoz had the biggest and brightest smile that truly could light up the night. It breaks my heart to say that Savannah had to battle against cancer as a beautiful young child. I had the pleasure of watching this beautiful little girl grow into her giant smile and while she is not physically with us, her spirit lives within us.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada’s (LLSC’s) Light The Night Walk is an event that brings help, awareness and hope to people battling blood cancers. It is always comforting to know that fundraising events actually put the money to good use! The Light the Night Event proudly states on their website that funds raised offer real help that include:

  • Valuable information for blood cancer patients and families
  • Support programs for patients and their families
  • Education on the latest medical advances for healthcare professionals
  • Advocacy efforts that draw government attention to cancer-related issues
  • Grants for leading researchers across Canada who are working to cure blood cancers

Now that you have a better idea of what the LLSC aims to achieve with its fundraising, let’s get back to Savannah’s Smile.

Savannah’s mother beautifully shares her story that led her to finding the strength to put together a team to raise money for LLSC research and to talk in Savannah’s honour. She goes on to candidly share that “A couple of years ago, Savannah and I watched as Light the Night 2008 lit the night from the Sick Kids Hospital lobby. She really wanted to do the walk but because of the cold weather and recent treatment, we were not able to. As we watched the people walk by, I promised her we’d do it together the following year. In my mind I pictured us walking with white balloons (symbolizing survivors) because I always believed she’d pull through with a full recovery….

I’ve finally found the strength to form a team and do the walk holding our gold lanterns in her memory….”

Savannah’s family and friends will be walking proudly on October 2nd in honour of her lasting memory. It would mean the world to the team (and me) if you could donate towards this incredible cause. You can find Savannah’s Smile team page here: Savannah’s Smile.

All donations, no matter how “big” or “small” would be greatly appreciated by the team and those thousands of Canadians battling leukemia, lymphoma , myeloma and other blood cancers.

Passing the light on,

Merzybean

Missoni X Holt Renfrew

12 Dec

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Missoni is an Italian fashion house that is famously known for its intricate and colourful knitwear designs. Best known for its iconic zigzag pattern, Missoni and Holt Renfrew partnered up to create limited edition teddy bear and elephant stuffed animals that would raise money for OrphanAid Africa.

OrphanAid Africa is a non-profit organization based in Ghana that strives to help orphans and vulnerable children, as well as their families. The organization’s mission states, “Our goal is to ensure that children grow up in safe and permanent family settings with appropriate care and protection. OA is an implementing partner in the Government of Ghana National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children.”

The fundraising goal of the Holt Renfrew and Missoni partnership is to reach $100,000 for children and families through OrphanAid Africa. I hope that the collaborative duo exceeds their goal, as this is an incredible organization and cause that they are supporting!

My friend Steve attended the Marilyn Denis show last Friday and all audience members received several gifts as part of her Christmas giveaway special. One of the gifts was one of the stuffed animals for the Missoni X Holt Renfrew Collection. Steve was incredibly generous and gave me the teddy bear that he received. It means so much to me because I am such a firm supporter of the work that OrphanAid does.

Maybe it’s my African roots, but these types of efforts always hit very close to home for me. I thank you Steve for paying it forward to me and I thank everyone who goes out and purchases one of the limited edition pieces! What better gift for the holidays than the gift of paying it forward and making a contribution towards an amazing cause. Fashion and charity always make such a great team.

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Much love,

Merzybean.