As I was just saying in my Newsletter, I am beyond grateful to the 230+ people who came out to support the Journey of a Girl on May 1. (Not on my newsletter mailing list? Sign up HERE!)
I am so proud to say that we raised $8252.47 in proceeds, all of which will go toward Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative.
It was truly meaningful to see the number of you that chose to spend your precious time and money supporting me and/or this cause. I was honoured by the large portion of attendees that chose to pre-order photos of mine from the trips, and that all but two of the framed photos on display were sold in the silent auction. In all accounts, this was a complete success.
Here are some highlights from the event :
These are some large-sized posters made from my photos that will stay up in Birks for the month.
We had beautiful information pamphlets and statistic signage to guide people on their ‘journey’.
This is me, mingling with friends.
I was really happy to see old high school friends!
And teachers and friends from Ryerson Journalism School.
I was delighted that Catherine Lash from the Wedding Co. came out to support.
And Lisa Ray, who is an Ambassador to Plan. She’s here with Paula Roberts, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Development at Plan Canada.
We also had many bidding wars over the photos. A few hot commodities!
On display we had Jenn Heil’s pendant. I was lucky enough to travel with Jenn on the trip we took to Rwanda.
It was also a pleasure to have support from Rosemary McCarney, the President and CEO of Plan Canada.
Last but not least, I was particularly pleased to see my high school art teacher, Miss. Collacott. If she hadn’t introduced me to photography and supported this endeavour, none of this would have happened.
I would also like to thank Birks for hosting the show and the event in their beautiful Bay + Bloor location, and all the volunteers from Plan who worked so hard to coordinate the evening. Also, thank you to Girls Night Out Wine for keeping the guests happy, En Ville Catering for the delicious appetizers, and Elgin Picture & Frame for doing such a beautiful job on the photo frames.
Most of all, I would like to say Thank You to Plan Canada for trusting me in the first place to document the lives of these girls in Rwanda + India, and for believing that this showcase will make a difference. I feel that it already has…
There is an online version of the exhibit here, should you want to see the photos. Thank you to the team at Plan for creating this piece, as well as helping implement the entire vision. It was beyond a treat to work with you all!
The show is still up at Birks for the rest of the Month. Check it out if you have a chance!