November’s Lifeline Syria fundraiser and silent auction expressed OCAD University's efforts as part of the Lifeline Syria Challenge, in concert with our sister universities in the GTA. The event on November 27 involved an impressive 20 volunteers and 40 contributing artists, with a total of 50 works put up for auction.
More than a hundred students staff and faculty came together to share stories, enjoy a meal and raise awareness about the refugee crisis. They also raised money: approximately $3,000 over the course of four hours.
Several guests spoke at the event: Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students; Professor Nabil Harfoush (who talked about his experiences as a Syrian immigrant to Canada); Martin Ginsherman, a resettlement volunteer, former refugee justice and the parent of an OCAD U student; and Pablo Munoz, an Industrial Design student who also donated a print for the auction.
The afternoon was made possible through the amazing efforts of the Impact Collective team, OCADSU and Jay Ginsherman, Bianca Channer, Sharene Shafie, Madison Leeson and Dana Prieto. A highlights for guests was the delicious curry, kibbeh, salad, sambusak, sweets and more prepared by a team of volunteer cooks that included: Nadia Zoobi Shafey, Najah El-Zoobi, Rima Hanbali, Mona Saab, Ghada Algabi, Amana Sanjakdar, Hanna Husamaldin, Mona Alkari, Fatoon Alkari, Radieh Moussa and Zarina Decambre.
Please visit ocadu.ca/syria to see how you can contribute!