TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2012) -
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Last Thursday, movers and shakers of Toronto (media, political leaders, business executives, young professionals and entrepreneurs) gathered together at the Centre for Social Innovation in the Annex for the launch party of Everyday Child, an education-based charity that follows a simple, yet powerful motto: Learn, Earn, Return.
The purpose of the fundraiser was to garner additional support in order for them to reach their goal of $150,000 by January 30, 2013, so they can build and sustain their first Learning Centre in an impoverished community in Mumbai, India.
"This is by far the most exciting time in our charitable journey," said Sean Lamba, the 29 year old founder of the organization. "Once our first Learning Centre is built, we are going to launch an online platform that will enable people all over the world to donate something more important than money - time. This means you will be able to take part in our curriculum and help foster the skills, talents and dreams of the youth we are aiming to serve," Lamba added.
Co-hosted by media sponsor personalities Veronica Chail, Host of Bollywood Boulevard and Mohit Rajhans of CityNews/OMNI TV, the event began with an endorsement by City of Brampton's Mayor Susan Fennell and SickKids Foundation president & ceo, Ted Garrard. Moreover, Broken Dance, Canada's #1 Bollywood Dance Company, surprised the audience with a flash mob and performed to various songs including 'Jai Ho' and 'Gangnam Style'.
"I am pleased to support the work of Everyday Child. Sean's vision and commitment to improve learning conditions for children in developing countries is a wonderful example of how young Canadians are embracing social action and philanthropy to make a difference in the world," said Garrard.
To conclude the evening, the charity premiered their first ever short film entitled 'The Story of Everyday Child', a production sponsored by ADVIDEO. Moreover, they also gave away over $9,000 in prizes including a $5,000 travel package to India, courtesy of Hype Travel. Once the Learning Centre is built, scheduled for March 2013, the winner and guest-of-choice are going to fly to Mumbai, India, to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
What started with a dream at the age of 12 for Lamba, has unfolded into a major movement that's being supported by so many people and companies. In fact, this year alone, Everyday Child has secured over $65,000 in sponsorships (in cash & in-kind) from more than 50 organizations that are now a part of their Supporter's Circle - a specific group that have enabled the charity to commit 100% of all public donations for the development of their first Learning Centre.
The top sponsors of last week's event include: ADVIDEO, Apollo Studios, Avani Asian Indian Bistro, ChocolaChocola, Citytv, Cosmic Development, Easton's Group of Hotels, Hype Travel, Jolted Media Group, Konzelmann Estate Winery, M2 Vodka, Naia Media, OMNI, Royal Blue Events & Communications, TD Bank, UBS, Visual Concepts, Xclusive Designs and Youzus.
In 2011, Lamba was awarded a Top 10 Finalist for Canada's Next Top Young Philanthropist and a recipient of the Humanitarian Award & added to the 37th Annual Citizens Awards list on behalf of the City of Brampton.
About Everyday Child
Founded in 2010, Everyday Child is an education-based charity that is aiming to build outdoor Learning Centres in impoverished communities throughout the world, starting with its first one in Mumbai, India. Their mission is to encourage leadership and foster skills & talents amongst individuals by engaging them in workshops, guided by an underlying principle: Learn, Earn, Return.
For further information about their charitable movement, please visit www.EverydayChild.org and www.facebook.com/EverydayChild.
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