With tremendous team effort and the help of sponsors, community supporters, and attendees, HoHoTO raised $22,500 in support of YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre at the annual HoHoTO holiday benefit party.
The HoHoTO team presented the girls with the big red and white cheque on the HoHoTO stage last Thursday.
“It’s because of sponsors, community support, and event attendees that we’re able to contribute to the Girl’s Centre and the activities they provide that lead to young women joining us in the workforce in a few years,” said HoHoTO Co-Chair Lee Dale during the cheque presentation.
HoHoTO’s Girl’s Tech Tour is an extension of HoHoTO’s mission, which is to forge the next generation of founders, funders, and technology professionals. The very first Girls’ Tech Tour was held on November 18.
With the help of creative communications agency 88 Creative and the many participating organizations, girls between the ages of 13 and 18 were educated and inspired by a day of exploration, visiting Toronto-based organizations across media, fashion, wearables, professional services, education, finance, and other industries.
When FITC heard about our partnership with the YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre and our newest effort, the Girls’ Tech Tour, FITC donated 20 passes for their April, 2017, 3-day event, FITC Toronto 2017 to the Girls’ Centre.
With the festive season upon us, it’s a time for giving, connecting and improving community, and acknowledging the things we’re grateful for.
Giving Tuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season. It was started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as a response to commercialization and consumerism. Learn more from the #GivingTuesday website. It’s about taking action where you find it’s most needed. It’s about donation, volunteering, and community service. In our case it’s all these and having a party!
Please see some of the inspiring work our partners past and present engage in. And discover more below.
YWCA Toronto Girls’ Centre
YWCA Toronto has created a space for girls to speak openly about how to treat themselves, and how to treat each other, in an effort to challenge gender stereotypes in media and more. Here, older girls get a chance to lead. And younger girls get role models they can relate with. Current programs include mentoring, media creation, and Summer and March Break camps about life skills and self-esteem. The YWCA Toronto’s Girls’ Centre also partners with schools, community agencies and organizations to offer girls support, help and guidance.
HoHoTO has raised over $350,000 for the Daily Bread in the last six years, as well as gave four tonnes of food. In fact we’re there today helping out! Make a gift on Giving Tuesday to Daily Bread Food Bank and they’ll be able to continue to provide nutritious food to people struggling with hunger through a network of almost 200 food programs across Toronto.
Canada Helps is a one-stop shop for Canadians to donate and fundraise online for any registered Canadian charity.