In the wake of the horrific van attack that shook all of Canada to the core on Monday, the city of Toronto launched the #TorontoStrong fund. The goal of the fund is to support victims, their families, and first responders effected by the tragedy. Since yesterday at 5:30 pm, the campaign has raised $413,000. In just one day, Toronto has nearly hit the #TorontoStrong goal of $555,000.
Canada Zakat, the first organization to launch a fundraiser for the van attack victims, has raised nearly $150,000. That same organization had raised $800,000 for the victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting last year.
Companies and businesses across the country are also taking action to raise funds, including the t-shirt company Entripy. They've decided to launch a line of #TorontoStrong t-shirts, which are $20 each and come in both kids and adult sizes. All of the proceeds will be donated to the victims and families.
#TorontoStrong— Entripy (@Entripy) April 24, 2018
100% of the proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts will go to support the victims of this tragedy and their families.
Visit https://t.co/qZZk6PiTLD to support our cause. pic.twitter.com/HGDzRizSOw
At yesterday's massive sports viewing party in Maple Leaf Square, a moment of silence was held both in and outside of the Air Canada Centre before the games started. There was also an announcement that the Toronto Raptors and the NBA would be donating to the #TorontoStrong fund, helping the city achieve their goal.
Mayor John Tory also announced that the city will host the official #TorontoStrong Vigil this Sunday April 29th at 7 pm. The vigil will be held in Mel Lastman Square in North York. Many political leaders, religious and public figures are expected to be in attendance. The vigil is being held right near the sprawling makeshift memorial created by the community, where flowers and handwritten messages can be left for the victims.
The City of Toronto will host the #TorontoStrong Vigil this Sunday at 7 p.m. in Mel Lastman Square. I encourage people to attend and support all those who have been affected by Monday's tragedy in Toronto. #TorontoTheGood https://t.co/sDYnc2ufXE pic.twitter.com/Lgz5tMAmef— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 25, 2018