On March 11th, IDRF held its We Matter Mixer in Toronto, celebrating International Women’s Day and the achievements of women in the GTA.
Our guest speakers, Shaneeza Alley, Dilshad Burman, and Constable Rahravan all regaled the audience with tales of their unique but similar journeys to Canada and the challenges they faced when building life in a new country.
The mixers also highlighted our Girls of East Africa campaign, which raised greatly needed funds for vulnerable girls who live in the drought affected region of East Africa, also helping ensure that no girl should have to choose between her education and accessing clean water.
This event also coincides with another grave situation that is occurring in East Africa right now: The East African Famine. Nearly 13 million people in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia are at risk of starvation due to devastated crops and livestock and rising food prices. As a result, approximately 600,000 children under five will soon suffer from extreme malnutrition if they do not receive immediate aid.
We extend our gratitude for all who attended our mixers and encourage you to join us on May 20th at our Dignity Walk as we walk for the Dignity of all.