Stars Shine at Magna CEO Benefit for Africa

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 World Vision.

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 African drummers.

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 to sponsor a child or find out more about World Vision programs.

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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:

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:

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information:

Genevieve Barber, Communications Officer World Vision, 416.671.0086. 

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