The Australian Canadian Association

The Australian Canadian Association

February 17, 2009 13:15 ET

Toronto Event to Raise Funds for Australian Bushfire Victims

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - Torontonians are being invited to attend an event to benefit Australian bushfire victims and their families. The Australian Canadian Association has rallied to organize a public fundraiser in Toronto on Sunday February 22 - coinciding with what has been declared a national day of mourning in Australia.

The recent bushfires that devastated the Australian state of Victoria have captured the attention of people worldwide. The fires destroyed more than 1,800 homes, leaving an estimated 7,000 people homeless, killing countless livestock and wildlife, and with a death toll that currently stands at 200 people.

"I think the images and stories from the Australian bushfires have shocked a lot of people," says event organizer Jennifer Futol. "Even though we are half a world away, we are determined to do something to support the victims of these tragic events."

All proceeds from the Australian Bushfire Fundraiser will go directly to the Red Cross Bushfire 2009 Appeal in Australia.

The Toronto event will feature live performances from an exciting line-up of Australian and Canadian musicians. There will also be a silent auction, a raffle featuring dozens of prizes and the opportunity for attendees to write in what will be consolidated into an official 'Condolence Book' being coordinated by The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australian Consul-General Stefan Trofimovs will be in attendance.

Australian Bushfire Fundraiser Details

Where: No Regrets Restaurant & Lounge, Liberty Village, South-west corner of Liberty and Mowat Avenue (www.no-regrets.ca)

When: Sunday February 22, 2009. 4pm until late

Entry: $20 (to be donated to Red Cross Bushfire 2009 Appeal)

RSVP: For planning purposes, please email info@yaca.ca prior to 5pm Friday February 20, 2009

For more information about the event, visit www.yaca.ca

About The Australian Canadian Association

The Australian Canadian Association is a not-for-profit organization that provides social support to Australians living and working in Ontario. More details about the association can be found at www.yaca.ca

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