Thank you to everyone who has supported the #TorontoStrong Fund. The generous contributions made by corporations, individuals, and organizations have now been disbursed to the victims of the Yonge Street Attack and are in process for victims of the Danforth Shooting. The victims are all grateful for the support received to help them in their healing.
Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto partnered with Toronto Foundation to establish the #TorontoStrong Fund in response to the April 23 van attack on Yonge Street that left 10 dead, 16 injured and a city in shock. To-date, $3.5 million has been generously contributed by city residents, corporate sponsors and beyond to support those most directly impacted: the victims and their families.
On July 22 tragedy struck again, this time on Danforth Avenue where two people were killed by gunfire and 13 others injured. The City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation, working with the pro bono #TorontoStrong steering committee established a second fund to provide direct support to the victims of the Danforth shooting.
Both events have demonstrated the pain that can be inflicted on our city and our residents. But they also reveal Toronto’s strength, our compassion and our resilience. First responders fought to keep victims alive and protect bystanders from further violence. Civilians comforted and supported the victims even as they witnessed unspeakable horror. Medical practitioners and social workers are working around the clock to save lives and heal physical and emotional injuries.
On October 11, the City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation, with pro bono Fund Administrator Barbara Hall announced that the #TorontoStrong Fund has distributed $3.5 million to the 26 victims and families of the April 23 van attack on Yonge Street. Ms. Hall met with bereaved families, survivors, medical and social service personnel, reviewed best practices from around the world and received guidance from the #TorontoStrong Steering Committee to develop a framework to allocate the raised funds. Final disbursements to the Danforth victims and families will be made in November.
Following the distribution of funds to the victims, the volunteer steering committee will offer recommendations for future philanthropic responses that take into account the need for strong central coordination and timely execution. The steering committee will also recommend long-term strategies related to city-wide impacts of mass acts of violence as well as prevention.
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Victim & Family Liaison: Deana Shaw, by email or phone at 647-562-5517
#TorontoStrong Fund distributes 3.5 million raised for victims of Yonge St tragedy. October 11, 2018
#TorontoStrong Fund to co-ordinate donations for victims of Danforth shooting. July 27, 2018
#TorontoStrong Fund names former Mayor Barbara Hall as administrator. June 13, 2018
LCBO Donation Campaign Raises Over Half a Million Dollars in Support of #TorontoStrong Fund. May 8, 2018.
#TorontoStrong Fund donate first $500,000 to support victims and families of Toronto attack. May 4, 2018.
#TorontoStrong Fund surpasses $1 million mark. April 27, 2018.
City of Toronto establishes #TorontoStrong Fund to support victims of tragic incident at Yonge and Finch. April 24, 2018.
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