Supper with Syria fundraiser raises money for refugees
Sold-out event brings in roughly $100,000 to help sponsor 3 families
As Canada works toward bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees by next March, many Torontonians came out to a special event designed to make things a little easier for everyone involved.
The Supper with Syria fundraiser took place Sunday at Artscape Wychwood Barns on Christie Street with a goal of enjoying some Syrian food and raising $70,000 to help settle two fleeing families of five.
"This is a real exchange. It's a party of equals. It's brotherhood," said organizer Inna Gertsberg. "I think that's why this event is so important. It's one-of-a-kind that way. It sets up that we're for Syria. We're not treating refugees as victims, we're treating them as brothers."
Not only did organizers meet expectations with the dinner, they shattered them.
Mayor John Tory called the event "heartwarming" on Twitter. Others in attendance included Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett, Coun. Joe Cressy, Coun. Joe Mihevc and Coun. Justin Di Ciano.
Diners enjoyed a wide variety of Middle Eastern food available at the event, ranging from lentil stew to Syrian-inspired burgers.
Mihevic said the generosity shown by those in attendance speaks volumes about the feelings of compassion and solidarity expressed by Torontonians toward refugees currently in camps.
"[They] just want a better life," he said.
Heartwarming to see Torontonians showing support for Syrian refugees at Supper with Syria fundraiser. <a href="https://t.co/bHN6XmDRch">pic.twitter.com/bHN6XmDRch</a>—@JohnTory