Meet some of the thousands of Canadians who make Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s lifesaving work around the world possible.

 

This Canadian jeweller raised thousands for MSF's work in Syria in a single day of sales

This past December, Toronto-based jewellery retailer Jenny Bird donated a day’s proceeds of their online sales to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s work in Syria. Thanks to their quick decision-making and an overwhelming response from customers, Jenny Bird raised thousands for MSF’s lifesaving work.

 

'Precious gifts of money from people who don’t have a lot': Poetry and Music Salon gathers together artists to raise funds for MSF

Brenda Clews, second from left, with members of MSF Canada's donor relations team Jessica Myers (far left), Efua Gyan (second from right) and Justine Cheruel.

“We are not a wealthy community,” says Brenda Clews of the group of Toronto poets and musicians she gathered together for the Poetry and Music Salon Fundraiser in order to raise money for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) last month. “I’m very proud of everybody and all the support that this fundraiser received. All precious gifts of money from people who don’t have a lot.”

 

'An incredible response': Vancouver gala brings together people inspired to make a difference with MSF

“It is easy to get wraped up in our own problems. Fundraising for MSF changed my perspective and made me appreciate what I have and the need to give back more.”

This is how Ingrid Hakanson describes the experience of hosting the third annual Doctors Without Borders Gala in Vancouver, BC. The charity event last April raised $3,000 for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

 

From coast to coast for MSF: Musician bikes and sings across Canada to raise funds

Antonio Piretti has been riding his bicycle across Canada from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean since April 27 in order to raise money for charities, including Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Piretti and his wife Maybritt Assmus launched the Roots in the Right Direction Tour out of concern for children affected by conflict, poverty and poor health.

 

How a Newfoundland soccer tournament connected a community to MSF's work

This past fall, Karina Zavala, a soccer coach from St John’s, Newfoundland, took to the pitch to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). By hosting a soccer tournament at her local athletic club, Karina brought her community together and in doing so developed a better understanding of the difference she was making at both home and abroad.

Karina’s first experience raising funds for MSF was in 2015 as a participant in Walk Without Borders, a month long challenge to raise funds for and walk in solidarity with MSF patients around the world.  “I got an email from MSF about the walk challenge, and being the sportive person I am, I decided to take the challenge and set my goal for running a distance of 250 kilometres in one month,” recalls Karina. This ambitious goal proved to be a difficult one to reach however, and in the process Karina ended up damaging her Achilles tendon.

 This year, still wanting to support MSF, Karina came up with a new fundraising idea. “I had to come up with a new way to raise money that did not involve running or walking too many kilometres,” she says. “Since I coach and play soccer, I decided to hold a six-on-six soccer tournament for both women and men. I asked the Feildians Club, where I work, if I could use their grounds to hold the tournaments on a weekend, and they agreed and gave it to me free of charge.”

 

A former MSF physician and his mother share a lifelong legacy of care for people in need

Dr. Bruce Lampard, who has worked overseas with MSF eight times since 2001, and his mother Diane McKenzie are longtime supporters, and both recently decided to leave gifts to MSF in their wills. “MSF has had such an impact on my life that the decision was pretty easy,” says Bruce.

 

A Grade 6 class learns how working together can help MSF deliver healthcare to people in need

Angie Bonvanie, a grade 6 teacher at Halton Hills Christian School in Georgetown, Ontario, strives to educate her students to make a difference and look beyond themselves. Together, they believe that “one person can do something, but together we can do so much more,” she says.

Last October, three Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field projects were featured on the website of Kutoa, a philanthropic organization that highlights the work of different charities each month. Kutoa included MSF’s work under that month’s theme of “borderless healthcare,” and during those four weeks, Angie and her 11-year-old students watched videos, read articles and discussed the role MSF plays around the world.

 

 

Walk Without Borders: Two Vancouver Island friends take on the historic Via Egnatia to raise funds for MSF

Pat Gould and Kim Letson are not ones to shy away from a challenge, and this fall they’ve decided to take on yet another. From September to October, the two friends from the Comox Valley in British Columbia will be walking through three countries along the 1,000-kilometre Via Egnatia route in southeastern Europe to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s annual Walk Without Borders challenge.

 

Getting Involved: Canadians find valuable ways to support MSF's lifesaving work

Thanks to the backing of thousands of committed donors, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is able to provide care for millions of people in need. But beyond financial donations, we also rely on the volunteer services of many different Canadians across the country, including those with particular forms of expertise. We asked Silken Stone-Janzen from the University of Alberta's Friends of MSF group Andrea Bielecki from the INVIVO digital agency about what contributing to MSF means to them.

 

Giving back: Before she became a supporter, Vancouver’s Carol Dey was an MSF patient in Cambodia

Like many Canadians, Carol Dey appreciates that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to bring medical care to people around the world who might otherwise lack access to lifesaving treatment and services. But she may be one of MSF’s few Canadian supporters to have experienced that care first-hand as a patient in need of urgent medical attention.

 

Nine-year-old Aiden Ospina goes the distance to help MSF patients

When Aiden Ospina decided he wanted to help people elsewhere in the world, he started by participating in MSF Canada's Walk Without Borders Challenge — and walked for a total of 240 kilometres in solidarity with two MSF patients from South Sudan.

 

Toronto yoga centre finds inspiration in MSF's work in Syria

The Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre recently held a month-long fundraising program for MSF after learning about the organization's response to the ongoing crisis in Syria and surrounding countries.

 

A BC artist and writer uses his work to help MSF deliver lifesaving care

Theo Dombrowski is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supporter living in Nanoose Bay, BC. Now retired, the former teacher uses his talents as an artist and writer to raise money for MSF's emergency medical work around the world.

 

The student-run Music Without Borders project helps MSF in the fight against Ebola

A group of young musicians, artists, writers and other creative students pools its talents to help raise funds for MSF's work in West Africa.

 

A bike ride around Lake Ontario raises money for MSF's efforts against Ebola

Andrew Lingard tests his mettle on the pedals in order to raise awareness of MSF's lifesaving work.

 

A longtime donor takes to the skies in his first field mission for MSF

Joe Davidson went from being a long-time donor and supporter to working directly in the field for MSF in Central African Republic.

 

A Montreal theatre director's take on Ebola draws upon testimonies from MSF field workers

Marie-Louise Leblanc was inspired by MSF's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and created a unique theatre show to help raise support for those efforts.

 

 

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