An Axellent Night Recap

What a great evening we had at our Axellent Night Part 2! On a beautiful fall night, 30 members gathered to throw axes, partake in some food and drink, and most importantly have a great time. The event, which was held at BATL’s Junction location, was a much more intimate experience than our last event. This led to much more mingling between competitors and a much more engaged audience. Competitors looked on to see one of the crazier finishes to an axe throwing tournament with the tournament coming down to the last throw, a big axe bulls eye that crowned a new champion at our event.

A big thank you goes out to all of our sponsor who helped contribute to make our event a great success. Sweetgrass was generous enough to donate cases of their delicious beer. Rebels refinery put together a great gift pack of men’s grooming products. We had some great fall clothing supplied by Nike as well as several passes to AGO events. Without their generous contributions we wouldn’t have been able to make our night as special as it truly was.

With all the kindness and generosity of those in attendance, we raised over $1300!! This equates to one child’s tuition and boarding for next years school year. A big thank you goes out to all you special people that made this event possible. If you have not yet, please remember to join our Facebook page and if you want to see more of the action from this past week please add us on Instagram @Dreamingforkids

Primary Enrollment

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In 2001 the Government of Tanzania abolished primary school tuition fees. The following years saw major growth in enrolment.

However, with this great achievement challenges still exist. 50:1 teacher student ratios, the high cost of uniforms, books, and supplies for some students, as well as a much lower enrolment rate in secondary school to name a few.

Orphaned, underprivileged, and vulnerable children need as much help as they can get.

Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help!

An Axellent Night Oct 22

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We’re getting ridiculously excited about throwing axes at targets with our good friends! Get in touch with a member of our team and secure your spot in the friendly tournament!

 

Dreaming For Kids presents An Axellent Night part 2

Hey all you Lumberjacks and Lumberjills in the making, we have got great news…..no need to pull those flannels out of storage just yet! The 2nd annual “AN AXELLENT NIGHT” fundraiser has been rescheduled to the fall to ensure all our wonderful supports are able to come out and participate.

Come by and redeem yourself with a win if you participated last year, and newcomers come try your luck at taking this year’s title!

The new dates is Thursday October 22nd, all other details around location, start time and ticket prices remain the same. So mark your calendars for the fall!!

The limited tickets include training, practice, a spot in the tournament, beverages, snacks, and a chance to win some GREAT prizes!

Contact Us to book your spot!

Why I Started Dreaming For Kids

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With so many charities to support and great causes to get behind, so many amazing organizations providing education to children around the world, why did I choose to create Dreaming For Kids? That’s easy: these kids.

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As a Canadian, I had the good fortune to never be denied education. In fact, I’m currently completing my MBA, thanks to financial support from the government and a bank and emotional support from friends and family, and it’s providing me with the skillset to challenge and change society for the better. I want to pass that opportunity onto others.

While teaching abroad for two years in South Korea, I realized the importance of education beyond my own backyard. Then, after spending six weeks at Good Hope Orphanage in Tanzania to help educate over 200 elementary-school students who didn’t even have the seventh-grade classroom they needed to graduate primary school, I knew more needed to be done.

I thought, why not risk the investment of time, energy, and money when the reward – sending bright and motivated kids to school – is so great. Seeing Amiri and Swaif’s faces when we told them they were going to attend Edmond Rice Secondary School, and then the pride they showed when posing in their new school uniforms, made all of this hard work feel effortless.

My advice to people who want to take action and show their passion? Just do it. Find time, make time, and you’ll be amazed by the opportunities it creates and the sense of reward you get from it. Not to mention the difference you can make for others.

Dreaming For Kids has become my family and there is no greater gift than that. When people tell me how lucky these kids are, I truly think it’s the whole DFK community that’s luckier.

School’s Out for the Summer!

Amiri and Swaif are happy to be back visiting Good Hope Orphanage for summer vacation (one month). I was lucky enough to catch them briefly on skype and they were very pleased with their first semester. They both said that they are learning a lot and making lots of new friends!

They both look very happy and have grown so much since I was last there!!

Edmund Rice emailed to say that their report cards came out June 12th! We are patiently waiting for a copy, but for those who have been to Tanzania know, Tanzanian time is “pole, pole” (meaning slow).

We cannot wait to share Amiri and Swaif’s progress with all of you. We would again like to thank everyone for their support! They will resume class on July 8th and they will take the same subjects: English, Swahili, and math.

 

Education is the Key to Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals

In 2000, 147 Heads of State and Government met in New York City and pledged to cut extreme poverty across the globe in HALF by the year 2015. They agreed to 8 Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) which serve as the blueprint to improve the human condition and those who are born into poverty.  Here is a breakdown of the 8 MGDs

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV/AIDSmalaria, and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability[1]
  8. To develop a global partnership for development[2]

We believe that EDUCATION is the catalyst to improving the human condition and eradicating poverty. Check out this UNESCO presentation on how providing education is the key to achieving the 8 MGDs

 

Running For Kids Results Are In

Hey all, here are some pictures from our last event, Running For Kids. Thanks to everyone’s help, we raised $1485! That translates into about a year and a half of boarding school for one of our kids. Imagine that! One day of running and fun, along with some training, and we raised enough for a full year and a half of education, boarding, food, and the joy that comes with those things.

Thanks again to everyone! Please stay tuned for our upcoming events, including our second annual Axcellent Night.

Running For Kids Recap

Wow! What a day we had for a run this past Sunday at Goodlife’s Marathon Run. The sun was shining, a nice cool breeze was coming from the lake and all the runners seemed to be in good spirits as they tackled the road like Forrest Gump. Dreaming ForKids entered two teams for the Marathon Relay and with 15 runners in total, put in the 6th and 7th best times overall. We were really proud of everyone who participated! Not only did everyone put in great runs for their respective legs of the race, but also showed up on time with no real planning issues (our friend Charles might disagree,  who ran without his metro pass and found  himself in Mimico with a long walk back into the city. It’s OK, great cool down).

It was my first race experience and I must say, everyone should try it at least once. Going into the race, I worried about being able to finish and many people alluded to “Race Adrenaline” which I didn’t really understand until I took part in the race. With all these other runners around you, people cheering you on from the side and water stations every few kilometers, I seemed to have found an extra gear that made finishing easier than any practice run I had went on beforehand. Seeing great signs like “Run like you have to poop”, “You thought they said Rum” and “OH YES YOU CAN!” certainly helped push me closer and closer to the finish line which eventually came with thousands of supporters cheering us on.

After the race, most of the runners and many more friends got together at William’s Landing for a well deserved brunch and drinks. Not only were we blown away with the level of participation in the race, but we were more than ecstatic to see everyone come out for the brunch after. The food was delicious and we awarded prizes to the runners. A big thank you to @Caplansky’s and the @AGO for providing prizes to our runners who were more than deserving of a little extra incentive (other than the beer).

We couldn’t have asked for more from the day and because of the great people who helped be a part of our team we raised over a thousand dollars. That’s right $1000! We are so proud and thankful of everyone who took part in our event and we look forward to seeing everyone soon. 

Next up for the Dreaming For Kids team is our annual Axe Throwing event. Please keep your ear to the ground for future details and feel free to reach out to anyone on the team if your interest in purchasing tickets as there will be a limited quantity.

Have a great day everyone and keep dreaming!

Tarek

 

Ready! Set! We’re Running For Kids!

Running For Kids, the two teams representing Dreaming For Kids to relay the Goodlife Toronto Marathon, are all set to race this Sunday, May 3rd. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Williams Landing in Liberty Village to celebrate!

All our supporters are encouraged to join us at the finish line as well as at our after party brunch at Williams Landing. There will be prizes! Our reservation is for 12:30 PM.

There is also still time to sponsor a runner or team. Just click the Donate tab on our website, email money transfer to info@dreamingforkids.com, or give cash to a runner!

We are really looking forward to this Sunday and hope to see you there!