Happy New Year to you all!
Since our last update to you, our focus has largely entered around fundraising. And we have good news on this front!
- As of January 20th, we have raised over $31,000. We had a big bump in donations in December as a result of our pre-holiday fundraising campaigns. Thank-you to everyone who contributed!
- If you have not yet donated, please do so now. Donations made by Jan 31 will be matched the by Anglican Diocese of Toronto. To donate, go to murp.ca/how-to-donate/. Also, please share this information with those you know who might be interested in supporting us.
- We are planning several fundraising events in the upcoming months, including:
- A concert series to be held at SMM. Our first confirmed date is April 15. Internationally renowned pianist and educator Valery Lloyd-Watts will present a musical event for the whole family. Valery’s unique approach to concerts makes serious classical music accessible to all, particularly to younger people. It’s an evening not to be missed. Tickets for this pay-what-you-can event will be available for advance purchase online very shortly.
- A silent auction to be held on May 3, also at SMM. We are looking for collector quality auction items, for example, a first edition book, original artwork, or those that offer great experiences and unusual access, for example: a week at a lakefront cottage or a house in the countryside in France, a dinner party prepared by a chef, tickets to professional sports, or performing arts, garden design advice from a landscape gardener and a gift certificate for plants. If you have something like this to offer, please contact [email protected]. Donations to the auction are tax deductible (conditions apply).
As far as preparing for our family’s arrival, we are moving forward on that front, albeit more slowly.
- We are required to attend sponsorship training before we can officially apply to sponsor a family. Some of us have completed our training already; the rest of us will complete it by the end of this month.
- Everyone has had the required police background checks done and submitted to AURA .
- We think we have temporary accommodation lined up for our family. Since we might have as little as one week’s notice of our family’s arrival, having temporary accommodations is imperative.
- Currently, we are still aiming for our family to arrive between early and mid-spring.
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