Meet some of the thousands of Canadians who make Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s lifesaving work around the world possible.
How a Newfoundland soccer tournament connected a community to MSF's work
This past fall, Karina Zavala, a soccer coach from St John’s, Newfoundland, took to the pitch to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). By hosting a soccer tournament at her local athletic club, Karina brought her community together and in doing so developed a better understanding of the difference she was making at both home and abroad.Karina’s first experience raising funds for MSF was in 2015 as a participant in Walk Without Borders, a month long challenge to raise funds for and walk in solidarity with MSF patients around the world. “I got an email from MSF about the walk challenge, and being the sportive person I am, I decided to take the challenge and set my goal for running a distance of 250 kilometres in one month,” recalls Karina. This ambitious goal proved to be a difficult one to reach however, and in the process Karina ended up damaging her Achilles tendon. This year, still wanting to support MSF, Karina came up with a new fundraising idea. “I had to come up with a new way to raise money that did not involve running or walking too many kilometres,” she says. “Since I coach and play soccer, I decided to hold a six-on-six soccer tournament for both women and men. I asked the Feildians Club, where I work, if I could use their grounds to hold the tournaments on a weekend, and they agreed and gave it to me free of charge.”
A former MSF physician and his mother share a lifelong legacy of care for people in need
Dr. Bruce Lampard, who has worked overseas with MSF eight times since 2001, and his mother Diane McKenzie are longtime supporters, and both recently decided to leave gifts to MSF in their wills. “MSF has had such an impact on my life that the decision was pretty easy,” says Bruce.
A Grade 6 class learns how working together can help MSF deliver healthcare to people in need
Angie Bonvanie, a grade 6 teacher at Halton Hills Christian School in Georgetown, Ontario, strives to educate her students to make a difference and look beyond themselves. Together, they believe that “one person can do something, but together we can do so much more,” she says.
Last October, three Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) field projects were featured on the website of Kutoa, a philanthropic organization that highlights the work of different charities each month. Kutoa included MSF’s work under that month’s theme of “borderless healthcare,” and during those four weeks, Angie and her 11-year-old students watched videos, read articles and discussed the role MSF plays around the world.
Walk Without Borders: Two Vancouver Island friends take on the historic Via Egnatia to raise funds for MSF
Pat Gould and Kim Letson are not ones to shy away from a challenge, and this fall they’ve decided to take on yet another. From September to October, the two friends from the Comox Valley in British Columbia will be walking through three countries along the 1,000-kilometre Via Egnatia route in southeastern Europe to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)’s annual Walk Without Borders challenge.
Getting Involved: Canadians find valuable ways to support MSF's lifesaving work
Thanks to the backing of thousands of committed donors, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is able to provide care for millions of people in need. But beyond financial donations, we also rely on the volunteer services of many different Canadians across the country, including those with particular forms of expertise. We asked Silken Stone-Janzen from the University of Alberta's Friends of MSF group Andrea Bielecki from the INVIVO digital agency about what contributing to MSF means to them.
Giving back: Before she became a supporter, Vancouver’s Carol Dey was an MSF patient in Cambodia
Like many Canadians, Carol Dey appreciates that Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works to bring medical care to people around the world who might otherwise lack access to lifesaving treatment and services. But she may be one of MSF’s few Canadian supporters to have experienced that care first-hand as a patient in need of urgent medical attention.
Nine-year-old Aiden Ospina goes the distance to help MSF patients
When Aiden Ospina decided he wanted to help people elsewhere in the world, he started by participating in MSF Canada's Walk Without Borders Challenge — and walked for a total of 240 kilometres in solidarity with two MSF patients from South Sudan.
Toronto yoga centre finds inspiration in MSF's work in Syria
The Toronto Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre recently held a month-long fundraising program for MSF after learning about the organization's response to the ongoing crisis in Syria and surrounding countries.
A BC artist and writer uses his work to help MSF deliver lifesaving care
Theo Dombrowski is a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) supporter living in Nanoose Bay, BC. Now retired, the former teacher uses his talents as an artist and writer to raise money for MSF's emergency medical work around the world.
The student-run Music Without Borders project helps MSF in the fight against Ebola
A group of young musicians, artists, writers and other creative students pools its talents to help raise funds for MSF's work in West Africa.
A bike ride around Lake Ontario raises money for MSF's efforts against Ebola
Andrew Lingard tests his mettle on the pedals in order to raise awareness of MSF's lifesaving work.
A longtime donor takes to the skies in his first field mission for MSF
Joe Davidson went from being a long-time donor and supporter to working directly in the field for MSF in Central African Republic.
A Montreal theatre director's take on Ebola draws upon testimonies from MSF field workers
Marie-Louise Leblanc was inspired by MSF's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and created a unique theatre show to help raise support for those efforts.
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