TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2019 /CNW/ - Join Azeeza for Women for an evening of celebration and inspiration at the International Women's Day "Resilience" Gala on Friday March 8, 2019, held in partnership with the Daily Bread Food Bank. The Gala will highlight the adversity and obstacles overcome by strong women and their relentless pursuit in conquering barriers for both themselves and their families.
The keynote speaker is a woman who epitomises spirited resilience, sheer grit and creativity: Canada's very own "Queen of R & B Soul", Jully Black. Jully Black will share her story of struggle and triumph, growing up in a large family where she was raised by her single mother in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto, to now becoming one of the "25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever" (CBC Music). She will also perform an inspiring song acapella. The event will feature RAW (Raging Asian Women) Taiko Drummers, a Toronto performing arts ensemble and Naeema Hassan, a creative artist who uses poetry and academia to bring light to issues affecting Muslim communities worldwide. A short "Power Panel" of some of Toronto's movers and shakers will share a few words about resilience and their contributions towards advancing equity for women locally and abroad.
Neil Hetherington, CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank said:
"We are pleased to have partnered with Azeeza for Women for this "Resilience Gala". Singer, songwriter, story-teller and Canadian icon Jully Black has an incredible story of resilience. It is a story that emphasizes success over adversity and perfectly highlights International Women's Day. It is a pleasure to welcome the community to Daily Bread, and we're grateful the proceeds will support thousands of people experiencing hunger in our city who also share a story of resilience."
Miss Jully Black said:
"It's a huge honour to be hand picked to deliver the keynote presentation at the 1st Annual Azeeza for Women Gala on the evening of International Women's Day - March 8, 2019. It is Resilience that helped me fight through the interference of many trials and tribulations and win, and it is that same Resilience that will help us as nation rise today and rise together!"
Members of the media are invited to attend the event on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M8V 2E7.
About Azeeza for Women:
Our Mission is to engage, educate and empower women to be all of who they can be; physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially. In 2015, the organization launched the Azeeza Show on eawaz.com. The show features discussions on social issues from a gendered lens. For more information please visit, azeezaforwomen.org
About Daily Bread Food Bank:
As Canada's largest food bank, Daily Bread serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in almost 130 member agencies across Toronto. Daily Bread also works towards long-term solutions to hunger by conducting research, raising public awareness, and running innovative programs to support people on low incomes.
SOURCE Daily Bread Food Bank
For further information: For media inquiries, contact: Courtney Hayden, Media Relations, Daily Bread Food Bank, 416-203-0050 x328, [email protected]; Sakina Hussain, Media Relations, Azeeza for Women, 647-893-1164, [email protected]