TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2011 /CNW/ - Africa Comes Alive, an event organized by
Magna CEO Don Walker and his wife Joan Kelley, shone a spotlight on the
needs of Africa to the Toronto social scene. Hundreds of people,
including many top celebrities and a who's who of Canadian business,
turned out for a night of fashion and entertainment at a benefit for
The gala featured a fashion show of swimwear by Cascata Blu paired with
African-inspired jewelry created and donated by Canadian designers.
Guests were entertained by live music including Krystaal and the BCL
After a visit together to A Hi Kulene, a World Vision Area Development
Program in Mozambique, event hosts Joan Kelley and Don Walker committed
to raising awareness of World Vision Canada and to find sponsors for
the hundreds of children and orphans of the area. The sponsorship will
help build schools, health care facilities, teach better farming
strategies and set up an infrastructure that will allow independence,
along with all the other benefits that child sponsorship offers. The
couple personally matched donations at the event, of up to $150,000.
Canadians can visit worldvision.ca to sponsor a child or find out more
about World Vision programs.
Image with caption: "World Vision Canada CEO Dave Toycen with business leader Belinda Stronach at the Africa Comes Alive benefit, in support of World Vision (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111111_C4905_PHOTO_EN_6523.jpg
Image with caption: "At the Africa Comes Alive benefit, in support of World Vision. From left to right: Dave Toycen, World Vision Canada CEO; Don Walker, CEO of Magna International; Joan Kelley, Director of Operations of Cascata Blu and owner of Hero Media; Laura Coones; Brian Coones (CNW Group/World Vision Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111111_C4905_PHOTO_EN_6526.jpg
SOURCE World Vision Canada
For further information:
Genevieve Barber, Communications Officer World Vision, Genevieve_barber@worldvision.ca 416.671.0086.