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We have met our initial goal of $50,000!


Our initial goal of $50,000, set before refugees started arriving in numbers, was to sponsor a family of four. As the flow of Syrian refugees has increased, we now know the majority of families coming to Canada are between 5 and 7 members.

We’ve met the basic sponsorship amount for a family of 6 to resettle in Ontario, but the cost of living in Toronto is higher than in other Ontario communities. In addition, we’ve learned there is some question as to how much financial support the government might offer for travel and living expenses.  To be prepared for this, and for potential dental and medical expenses not covered by government programs and to be able to set up our family up for every possible success, we are raising our goal by $25,000 to build a buffer to better support the resettlement of a family of 6 or 7. 

There are more than 14 million refugees of concern to the United Nations, more than 4.5 million registered from Syria alone. If any funds are left over, they will help with the sponsorship of our next family.

Again, thanks very much to those who have contributed. If you haven’t donated yet and would like to help, please go to http://murp.ca/how-to-donate/.


We’re more than half-way there!

I was thrilled when I got the email from SMM treasurer Anne Todd yesterday: “Allan, attached, an update to today on gifts to date for the refugee sponsorship.”, which was followed by a small spreadsheet showing that donations since my last update to you had swelled from just over $9,000 to $27,880!  This means we are more than half-way to our fundraising goal of $50,000!

Thank-you to all of you who have contributed so generously to our campaign so far.  We still have a ways to go yet, but with this amount raised, we are ready to ask AURA to start the wheels turing to connect us with a family.  Please continue to tell friends and colleagues about our campaign: post something to Facebook (along with the URL murp.ca), Twitter, email your friends and family; in short, please do whatever you can to spread the word about what we’re doing.

In January, our team will be attending a training class with AURA to learn the ins and outs of what it means to be a sponsorship team, and we will be busy making plans for additional fundraising events, and our family’s arrival this spring (we hope).

Again, thanks for your continued support.


T’was the weekend before Christmas …

… and all through the house, things were pretty quiet.  My significant other had to work on Sunday. At first, I thought I’d get a head start on Christmas food preparations, and then, I thought, chuck it: it’s the last Sunday in Advent, which is a season of quiet anticipation; why shouldn’t I spend the day quietly, and not feel the need to “do something”, as is my habit?

So I went to church, and was very happy that one of my favourite hymns was on “the program”: Veni Veni Emmanuel.  (The words of the hymn are a quiet pleading for the long-promised Saviour to finally come and free his people. There’s something very contemplative and moving about the melody and words; for me, it’s a tonic for the hype and consumerism of the season.)  Then a lovely walk with my dog, and then writing some Christmas cards.  I eventually did break down and make a batch of shortbread, but I resisted the temptation to get a start on everything else on my cooking and baking list.

Things are going well with the fundraising so far.  I don’t have an exact number that I can report, as I rely on the treasurer at St. Mary Magdalene to give me a cumulative total that includes donations made by parishioners on the collection plate at the church.  But I know we’re at least $3000 richer than we were when I woke up this morning; my guess (and I will confirm when the collection plate count has been done) is that we’re around the $14,000 mark.  Which is terrific, given that we’re not even 2 weeks into our campaign!

This past week, several members of our group leafleted the houses on Manning Avenue and Ulster Street; we printed 1000 of them, and have very few left.

In addition, we were very lucky to have a donation of a number of copies of the Pax Christi Chorale’s latest CD, Winter Nights to sell to raise money: composer and choir director Stephanie Martin kindly donated over 40 of them, and we’ve sold all but 2. It’s a gorgeous CD, and if you can’t get a copy from us, I highly recommend you order one from the Pax Christi web site.

We are busy making plans for other fundraisers, from a concert series featuring world-class musicians, to a silent auction that – fingers crossed – could include a week in Strasbourg!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed thus far.  We’re heartened by response.

Let’s raise some money!

pls giveWe are well under way!  The core sponsorship team has already had two meetings, and made lots of progress. We have registered with AURA, the sponsorship agreement holder, and we are crossing many things off our our list that we need to get done early on in this project.  Our focus has been getting the infrastructure for fundraising and communications in place.  And I’m pleased to say that we are now ready to take your money!

We are aiming to raise $50,000 to support the resettlement of one large, or possibly two smaller families. The more money we raise, the more people we can help.

Click “How to Donate”, above, to learn about the different ways you can support our project.  All donations to the Manning-Ulster Refugee Project are tax deductible.