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Ephraim’s Place Fall Carnival

November 13, 2012

On October 20th we partnered with TD Bank Financial Group to host our first Fall Carnival! It was a free event open to everyone in the Jane-Finch community. It was a great day filled with carnival games, free food, cotton candy, popcorn, and tons of prizes!

We had several different carnival games set up for everyone to play throughout the day in which they could win tickets. At the end of the day we had a huge raffle draw for all those that had tickets. Lucky winners got to walk away with an iPod Touch, Toronto Raptor tickets, a Samsung tablet, and more.

This entire day was made possible by our great friends at TD Bank Financial Group! We can’t thank them enough. If you weren’t able to attend you missed out! But don’t worry, you can see what happened in the video below!

Kick It 2 Win It!

July 27, 2012

We just finished the recap video of our first ever Kick It 2 Win It Charity Soccer Tournament! Take a look below.

The tournament raised $2000 to support the programs of Ephraim’s Place! Thank you to all the players, sponsors, volunteers, and guests for making it a great tournament.

Refresh 2012 Recap!

July 16, 2012

“It’s not about the paint, but it is about the paint, but it’s not about the paint.”

Last week we had approximately 700 volunteers give up their time and energy to paint over 250 homes all across the GTA! This was our biggest year yet! Approximately 400 of our volunteers came from churches in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Tennessee. The project also saw volunteers from various churches and organizations here in Toronto get involved including teachers from the TCDSB.

For the first time the project painted homes outside of Toronto. Along with homes here in Jane-Finch and St. James Town, we were able to expand the program into Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon by partnering with the Region of Peel and Peel Living.

Thank you.

We would like to say a very big thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors, and everyone else who was a part of Refresh 2012 for helping us refresh our city and making it an unforgettable week! Take a look at our recap video from last week below. You can also see pictures from last week in our Refresh 2012 album on our Facebook page here.

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Kick It 2 Win It

June 12, 2012

On Saturday July 28, 2012 @ Trio Sportsplex in Woodbridge, ON, we are hosting our 1st Annual Kick It 2 Win It Charity Soccer Tournament.

This event is expecting close to 200 soccer players from all over the GTA and hundreds of guests who will attend to show their support. The tournament will allow us to raise awareness and funding for Ephraim’s Place to support the programs currently offered at the centre.

If you would like to register a team or sign up as a volunteer at the tournament please send an email to John Toufankjian at events@ephraimsplace.com. For more information you can visit the Facebook event page here.

Thank you for your support, generosity, and willingness to help make a difference in our community.

See you there!

Adopt A Block Kickoff

April 23, 2012

On Saturday, April 22 we kicked off our Adopt A Block program for 2012. Our volunteers picked up right where we left off from last year. We were also joined by employees from Ontario Public Services as part of the OPS Spirit Volunteer Week which ran from April 15-22. After the work was done, volunteers enjoyed a BBQ in the backyard of one of the residents we reach out to every Saturday. Thanks to everyone who came out to the Adopt A Block kickoff. We’re looking forward to another great year.

Every Saturday Adopt A Block volunteers go out into the community here in Jane-Finch and ask residents if there’s anything they can do to help them out. Volunteers help throw out old furniture, rake leaves, mow lawns, pick up trash in the community, and anything else we can do to lend a hand. The goal of the program is to serve our community in any way we can. Our volunteers go out every Saturday from 11am-2pm. If you would like to join our team and help out with this program just show up at Ephraim’s Place at 11am on Saturdays.

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Best Game Ever at Upward Basketball!

April 10, 2012

What a night! We surprised the kids at their last Upward Basketball game of the season by bringing in over 100 fans to cheer them on to their Best Game Ever! We teamed up with Rosewood Kids hoping to make this an unforgettable experience. Right before the game started fans invaded the gym cheering and screaming, surprising everyone in attendance. Our goal was to make it feel like an actual NBA game. And that we did!

Not only did we have over 100 cheering fans, we had 2 mascots, a live video screen, a star presentation at the end of the game, but also an autograph session where the fans asked kids for their autographs. It will definitely be a night these kids never forget!

Here’s a short highlight video we put together to remember the night. It may look a little familiar.

Best Game Ever in photos.

Want to see more photos? Check out our Facebook album here.

Thank you

We want to thank everyone who was a part of the Best Game Ever for making it an unforgettable night — for us, and for the kids in our basketball league who will never forget the day over 100 crazy fans came to cheer them on. Thank you for coming, for supporting our work, and for being a “blessing from adversity”.

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Toronto Raptors Come to Ephraim’s Place!

February 23, 2012

On February 21st the kids in our Upward Basketball League got to be a Raptor for the day. Instead of playing an Upward Basketball game that Tuesday the kids in our league were treated to a ‘Learn to Dribble’ clinic held by the Toronto Raptors. It was an exciting night for all!

The night started off with the clinic coaches talking to the kids about DREAM – an acronym for Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation. The coaches shared important lessons on being a winner both on and off the court. The kids then received a free Raptors t-shirt and wristband and were split up into groups. The groups rotated through 5 different stations that focused on dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, and defense.

Both players and parents had a great night. A big thank you to the Toronto Raptors for coming and putting on this event! Let’s go Raptors!!!

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Project HEARTcore Semester 1 Wrapping Up

January 30, 2012

It’s winding down to the end of the first semester of Project HEARTcore and it’s been one of the strongest group of participants in the program. The passion and heart of these students were shown time and time again.

One example of their passion to help others, came through an awareness campaigned called “To Write Love On Her Arms.” This campaign would require students to write the word “LOVE” on their arms in order to raise awareness for youth who have been affected with depression, suicide, and mental illnesses. It’s simple, but powerful in that it serves as a reminder to love each other despite our differences. This awareness campaign took place at the schools that the students attended, which were C.W. Jefferys, William Lyon Mackenzie, Westview Collegiate, James Cardinal McGuigan, and Weston Collegiate.

In the next couple weeks, the students are required to come up with their own final event. They’re to plan what organization and issue that they want to support or fundraise for. They’re excited and I’m excited to see what they come up with. Whatever the event may be, I am confident that these students will be successful and touch at least one other person in their school or community while doing it.

Thanks to all of you in HEARTcore! Every time 4 pm hits and the students start to trickle into the program, I’m reminded why I have so much hope for the leaders of this generation.

“Love ain’t dead.” –Joe Opotowski

– Bina

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