Posts Tagged ‘Charity’


A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my first time making chicken soup. Now that Thanksgiving is coming up I’m thinking about making my first Turkey. Once again – I’ve never made a Turkey before but I think I’m ready!!

I’m also ready for the Turkey Challenge which is not about making turkey but more about doing something for a good cause.



This Thanksgiving, really give thanks by doing the Fast Turkey Challenge. You agree to fast, by skipping lunch on Friday October 7th and donating your lunch money to the homeless who can’t afford to eat. You also agree to Challenge your friends to do the same, or they have to buy you lunch at your favourite restaurant instead.


All funds raised will go to Good Shepherd Ministries to help feed the homeless. At Thanksgiving they work tirelessly to provide a full Thanksgiving meal to those who can’t afford to eat. In just the las few years, Good Shepherd Centre has seen more than a 50% increase in the number of meals and snacks served each day. Today they are Toronto’s largest meal program, serving more than 1300 meals a day.

SIGN UP NOW & FAST AT LUNCH ON OCT. 7TH! For more info and details please go to

Feel free to take a peek at this video too:

I will happily support this cause for several reasons:

a) My dad  (who sadly passed away last year) was a volunteer at the Good Shepherd in Ottawa and I know this would be meaningful to him if I supported this campaign

b) I’ve been trying to be more charitable and try to give donations on a regular basis. (every bit helps, right?)

c) I like the campaign!! It’s simple and effective.

Please take a peek at this link.

Happy Turkey Challenge everyone and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend too.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this blog post however all opinions are my own and I promise that I will be making a donation!

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Macaron Day 2014 is almost here and I’m so excited cause I’m a huge fan of Macarons. There’s something about these round delicate discs that I can’t resist. Here’s what you need to know about Macaron Day 2014.

On March 20, 2014, seventeen Toronto patisseries will be celebrating the most famous French pastry – the macaron. Customers visiting participating patisseries will be offered a FREE macaron in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Red Door Shelter  (while quantities last) All participating shops will be donateing 25% of the day’s macaron sales to the charity.

This is the third annual Macaron Day celebration in Toronto. Similar celebrations will be held on the same day in Paris, New York, Melbourne, Vancouver, Montreal and other cities.

You can find me on March 20that La Bamboche (1712 Avenue Road). You will notice me – I’ll be the woman with the white MacBook and a plate of macarons beside her. Come say hi!!

PS feel free to join the conversation on Twitter too: @MacaronTO


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This event sounds right up my alley. Here’s why:

a) I’m a fan of the Neal Brothers (see previous blog post)

b) I’m a fan of Dillon’s (see previous blog post)

c) the price is right ($10 online or $15 at the door)

d) it supports a great charity (My Food Way)

e) the event combines food, chefs, music, and a fun competition!

I chatted with Abbey who told me she was eager to host a food event that involved a competition as well as supporting a charity.  The Neal Brothers got involved too as they thought it would be a great fit with their 25th anniversary. The rest is history.


For tickets and further info about this exciting event,  please visit their facebook page

Hope to see you there!

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There are many many charities out there – infact I use to work for a variety of non profit organizations,  as a special events coordinator. I know how important it is for these charities to raise money and I know how hard the volunteers (and staff) work to get these events off the ground!!

Usually people have a favorite charity for one reason or another. For me – I like to give back to charities that have affected my family or my friends families.

In particular there are four charities that I will always support:

Here’s the story how I am connected to all four charities:

a) Ontario Track 3 Ski Association is a cause I will always support, as my son participated in their program for years and as a result of being in their program  he is a confident, accomplished snowboarder who now snowboards with Snowhawks. I use to go to their event at Steam Whistle to decorate the room – for years and years. Their gala will be taking place sometime in early 2012 and I know that I will try to help out anyway I can.

What’s important for you to know is that Ontario Track 3 Ski Association has 200 disabled participants (from the age of 6 to 19), 450 volunteers and 17 Ontario Ski Hills (from Earl Bales Ski Hill to Craigleith) I can’t say enough about how organized, efficient and professional everyone is and I am forever grateful to all the volunteers and staff!!

By the way, I heard of Ontario Track 3 Ski Association due to War Amps of Canada and their matching mothers program. War Amps was instrumental to my family back in 1996 and continues to be a big part of my life. There are no words for me to express how grateful I am to them.

b) Zareinu is the also important to me as I know several families who have benefited from this outstanding school for children with developmental and physical disabilities. This is the 8th year that they have held the Zareinu Fashion Show and I’m sure I have attended at least 4 of those events. Each time I attend, I leave inspired. We are SO lucky to have a world leading facility like Zareinu in Toronto. This year the event will be held on Nov. 16th at On The Park and once again will be hosted by  Jeanne Beker from CTV’s Fashion Television.

c) Back in 1996, 1999 and 2010, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto,  was an important part of my life. I am truly grateful for all the wonderful care my son received during his clinics, surgeries, appointments etc. Therefore I will always support SickKids Foundation. This week some of Toronto’s most terrifying homes are raising money for SickKids Foundation. All of these haunted homes are FREE but will happily accept donations for SickKids.

I’m hoping that in the future, not only can I provide a donation but more important I can give my time to volunteer to these amazing charities.

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