Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church – Raised over $4400 for Save the Evidence and Woodland Cultural Centre
Woodland Cultural Centre sends a big THANK YOU out to the Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church for their incredible fundraising efforts for the Save the Evidence Campaign. Through their own fundraising efforts the Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church donated over $4400. which is over 880 Bricks of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School, restored.
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With GivingTuesday just around the corner, we hope their story inspires others to continue to fundraise for the project as there is still a long way to go before we are finished.
During the Summer, with the aid of the Mennonite Disaster Services, over 50 youth volunteered their time at the Woodland Cultural Centre building hand crafted tables, desks, and benches for the reopening of the former Mohawk Institute Residential School.
The Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church was one of the organizations that participated in the volunteer efforts.
They were so touched by the stories and their experiences, they went back to their community to raise funds and awareness. They sold Orange Shirts, and had a Soup Cook Off and were able to raise $2000 for the Save the Evidence Campaign, in their first few weeks.
But they weren’t stopping there…
Total Donations from The Toronto Chinese Mennonite Church are now over $4400.
When the organizer, Sandy Yuen was asked why she felt so compelled to support the campaign she quoted “I felt compelled by God to do something. After learning about residential schools and seeing the Mohawk Institute on our week long mission trip with our youth group, we heard first hand from survivors like Geronimo Henry. I knew we couldn’t change the past but we could be part of the solution. I felt a sense of responsibility to share what we learned and help raise awareness about residential schools and the impact it has (and continues to have) on Indigenous communities with our friends, family and community. One small step towards learning the truth and moving towards reconciliation.”
What is Giving Tuesday and How Can You Help?
GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.
GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges.
We challenge you to “Do Good” on Giving Tuesday this year and use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCa
The countdown to Giving Tuesday is on:
If you are planning a fundraising event please contact:
Save the Evidence Coordinator
We can help support and promote your events for #GivingTuesdayCa!
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The Woodland Cultural Centre wants to say nya:węh/niá:wen to our giving community for your generosity on #GivingTuesdayCA. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued support of the Centre and the work we do! Executive Director Heather George writes “Our supporters and donors have once again displayed their generosity and that they, like all of us at Woodland, are passionate about cultural reclamation, preservation, and celebration. Your support of our language department is an act of true kindness and love. Our languages are so much more than words on paper – language frames deep philosophical and relational understandings that help all of us engage in kinder, more compassionate ways and is an important part of our healing from the trauma of residential school. Like many not-for-profit organizations that participate in #GivingTuesday, charitable donations form an important part of our financial wellbeing and they are also an important indication that you believe in us and the work we do. Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton’ (I to you all, sending forth embracing, celebratory, good energy)”Thanks to your generous contributions we were able to raise $25,352 in support of the preservation of Hodinohsho:ni languages and the important revitalization work being done at Woodland. Nya:węh/Niá:wen to the Dufresne-Ray Family Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation, which for the fourth consecutive year in a row has matched the first $5,000 of your donations. We are so grateful to have your continued support and generous contribution. To find out how you can support Woodland, visit our website: woodlandculturalcentre.ca/support-us/ #OnHeritage #OntarioHistory #Indigenous #IndigenousVoices #IndigenousArt #IndigenousEvents #FirstNations #FN#IndigenousKnowledge #IndigenousCulture #BrantOnt #TruthandReconciliation ... See MoreSee Less