The staff and lawyers of Goldblatt Partners are raising funds to privately sponsor a Syrian refugee family. We challenge other law firms and organizations to do the same. Our fundraising efforts will support the resettlement needs of a refugee family, including food, lodging and other start-up costs.
Our plans are set out here.
To raise the money we will need, we have held many internal fundraising events, including a silent auction; a number of high calorie “Monday Fundays” involving pies, samosas, crêpes, Halloween tricks and treats and assorted bake and chocolate sales; a dreidel spinning contest; and a Carnival week (which included a Mini Putt competition, a “Crash into Krash” paper airplane contest, and an Office Pong tournament).
For people inside and outside the firm, we had a Trivia Night at the Firkin on Yonge (207 Yonge Street) on November 10th. It was a blast.
On November 20th, Calgary folk rocker Tod Hughes held a benefit concert in support of our fundraiser at the Ironwood Stage and Grill. It was a great evening of live music and raised over $3000!
Also, a big thank you to the Unifor-represented staff members at AMAPCEO, raised over $1300 for us, and ETFO staff for your donations! You are the best!
The family we are sponsoring has arrived safely in Toronto!
We are very happy they are finally here, and thank everyone again for helping us make this possible.
We have been tentatively matched with a Syrian family! We now have forms to complete and file. Not sure how long this process will take, but we are getting close!
We have submitted our application to Lifeline Syria. This is the first step, aimed at getting us connected with a family. Once that happens, which should be quite quickly, the formal government application will be made.
We have raised enough money to make the application to sponsor a family and will be submitting our application shortly. Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach that goal!
However, we are continuing to raise money since we do not believe that the minimum amount for sponsorship ($30,000) is enough to establish and support an entire family for a year in Toronto.
We have been blown away by the positive response to our plan to sponsor a refugee family. Other law firms have expressed an interest in doing the same thing and/or providing services to assist in the process. Our families, friends and colleagues in the legal community have also offered assistance in the form of donations and/or help when a family arrives. We are delighted to see that so many people are willing to do what they can to make a difference for people caught up in this terrible crisis.
After working with the Law Society of Upper Canada to develop a system to accept donations, we are now able to accept donations by cash or cheque**, payable to “Goldblatt Partners LLP” (do not add “in trust”). You can send donations to the attention of Steve Camilleri (20 Dundas St. West, Suite 1100, Toronto M5G 2G8).
Please include your name, email and postal address with any payment. While we are still looking into whether this will be possible, we hope to be able to issue charitable tax receipts when the money is disbursed. Providing us with this information (which will be kept strictly confidential and secure on a thumb drive in a locked safe) will keep open that possibility and, if you consent, will allow us to keep you updated throughout the sponsorship process. Of course, if you are not interested in the possibility of a tax receipt, we would be happy to receive your donation without that information.
** Unfortunately, we cannot provide donors with a Pay Pal button. Pay Pal does not allow its services to be used by organizations or people raising money for Syrian refugees.