Just after 10 pm on a calm summer Sunday, in the well- loved area of Danforth in Toronto, a man opened fire into a crowd of people. As a result, two people lost their lives, and 13 people are now in hospital, some with injuries that are life-threatening.
While investigators are still searching for the answers to this horrible act, what is certain is the pain that has been left behind by this carnage. The physical and emotional wounds that this event has caused will remain for years to come.
IDRF joins the bereaved families in prayers for their loved ones and wishes speedy recoveries for all the survivors of this crime. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this senseless act of violence. #DanforthStrong
On March 15th, the Syrian Civil War entered its seventh year in which over 400,000 people have been killed and over one million have been injured. The statistics remain staggering: 11.3 million people, including 3 million people living with injuries and disabilities, require health assistance, with 3 million people living in besieged areas and 743,000 children at severe risk of malnutrition. Recently, almost 50,000 people have fled Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus and the northern town of Afrin.
To help mitigate this immense humanitarian crisis, IDRF has been working to distribute food packages for vulnerable Syrians during the Holy Month of Ramadan which can fulfill one families’ nutritional needs for a month.
The humanitarian situation in Syria remains dire: Join us as we help to provide basic essentials to vulnerable people living in one of the most precarious environments on earth.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based industries are the fastest growing in the world and many Canadians are excited about turning their passion for building websites into a career. However, women only represent 25% of the individuals employed in tech.
IDRF is pleased to announce a new partnership with The United Way Greater Toronto and Lighthouse Labs to implement Coding and Web Development to Women in the GTA- a program that will train 32 women between the ages 18-29 with 45 hours of web development training and promote the pursuit of employment in STEM. In addition, participants will also receive job readiness training that will educate them on how to navigate the Canadian job market.
A combination of hot and dry conditions, wind gusts, and lightning storms have led to a series of devastating forest fires that have ravaged large swathes of forest in the Cariboo, Kamloops and southeast regions of British Columbia. British Columbia has declared a state of emergency as more than 54,000 people have been forced from their homes. Fire containment efforts are ongoing, with over 1,000 firefighters battling the 230 forest fires burning across the province.
Our ask: You helped us raise $250,000 for the people of Fort McMurray, Alberta in their time of need and now we are asking again for your support. Join us to provide critical relief support for the affected people of Cariboo, Kamloops and the southeast regions of British Columbia.