Past Events

“When you help someone up the hill,

you get that much closer to the top yourself – Mary Engelgreit


It’s a new record: 501 huggers, 4,008 hugs

The Hugs4Hope event was a rousing success, breaking a Guinness world record and raising more than $7,000 for two charities.

Five hundred and one residents filled Trinity United Church to capacity  and 4,008 hugs were shared to break the record with ease for Global Strides and YouthSpeak’s Hugs4Hope hugathon.

Huggers of all ages filled the pews, with cards with their number strung around their necks for the official videotape record — and with many practising the “full hug” and “right arm up” technique that would help break the record of 2,450 hugs in an hour.


Hearts Beyond Borders 2019

Hearts Beyond Borders 2019

Our 6th annual Fundraising Event with the proceeds going to support the children at the Peaceful Home for Children in Kenya.

Once again Natasha Ramsahai co-hosted a fun filled evening with MC Bonde. Guests were entertained by the musical stylings of Quincy Bullen.

A live auction with Allan Bell as auctioneer as well as a charity casino rounded out the evening.

Catering by The Village Grocer.


TTM Spa Day

December 2019

TTM Spa Day December 2019

Thank you to Denis and all the staff at Tip & Toe Medi Spa for all the time and effort put in to make this a very successful event.  

Guests were treated to a special skin tightening treatment at a discounted price with all of the proceeds going to support the charity. There was a lovely buffet and each lady went home with a loot bag full of beauty products.

Sitara Jewels offered a beautiful array of jewellery for sale with 50% of the proceeds going to the charity.

All in all a very successful fun event. Thanks TTM Spa!

Peppertree Klassics Shop for a cause

Shop- For -A -Cause Event :  

$800.00 was raised at our first charitable shopping event.  

What do you get when you combine shopping with a charitable cause close to your heart?  Eight hundred ways to step out in high-impact style. Global Strides Charity supporters helped raise $800.00 for Peaceful Children’s Home during the organizations first shop-for-a-cause event at Markham’s Peppertree Klassics, a women’s fashion, footwear and accessories boutique. Thanks to Karen Piper and her staff for making it such a wonderful day and supporting our children. Watch for our next event and join us for a great cause.

Hearts Beyond Borders 2018

Hearts Beyond Border 2018

There was a positive vibe and heart-felt energy at the fifth annual Global Strides #heartsbeyondborders gala at the beautiful and spacious Markham Museum.

Sipping wine and bidding on silent auction items, more than 200 guests listened as Global Strides Charity founder Debra Weller described her first fateful meeting in 2009 with orphans at Peaceful Children’s Home in Kenya and the home’s remarkable “mom” Agnes Njogo.

The evening was full of music and fun, with old friends meeting new friends at the wine bar or while shopping for jewelry made by one of the children.

Featured singer Sonia Aimy had people dancing to her upbeat music, and MC Bonde provoked laughs and screams of joy as he announced raffle prize winners, including a very excited 9-year-old Ethan and his mom, Lisa, who walked away with a big-screen TV much bigger than himself!


Hearts Beyond Border 2017

Our 4th annual event held at the Varley Art Gallery was a big hit featuring Art displays from local artists.   Master of Ceremony Natasha Ramsahai, City News and our auctioneer Allan Bell, Markham Stouffville Hospital along with MC Bondi from G98.7FM had the room engaged bidding on the exciting auction items.  Generosity was flowing as we talked about our upcoming trip to Africa and our hopes of filling a backpack for each child.  We received donations of watches, computers, school supplies and more.  The room was lit up with the excitement of giving and knowing the pure joy these gifts would bring.  Eddie and Quincy Bullen “The Dueling Pianists” entertained the crowd as the wine flowed and Village Grocer once again supplied a delectable feast. 

Fundraising Safari Aug 2017

In 2017, Card International Safaris put together a Fundrasing Safari to Kenya for a small group of ladies.

We were not only able to experience Kenya’s wildlife while exploring several game reserves but also discover its rich culture while visiting a Maassai Village.

Part of this once in a lifetime experience was a visit to the Peaceful Home for Children where several of the party stayed for several days.

A portion of the proceeds from the Safari went directly to support the orphanage.

If your bucket list includes a Safari, Bart Card would be happy to help organize one for you.

Folco’s Ristorante Christmas Market December 2017

On Dec 13h, the Folco’s family opened up their hearts and restaurant in support of our children.  They decided this year they were going to bring their Folco’s lunch program to Africa.  The upstairs dining room was set up as a Christmas Market, selling vintage wines, Christmas ornaments and African items.   Their loyal customers came out to celebrate Christmas and the spirit of giving with a glass of wine and scrumptious appetizers.   Thank you to the Folco’s Family and their loyal customers for such a successful heartfelt evening.     


Strides for Youth 2016

This year’s event was held at the Varley Art Gallery in the heart of Unionville. Master of Ceremony for the evening was the talented and fun-loving Natasha Ramsahai from City News and breakfast TV.  Guests enjoyed the talent of, Canadian tenor and hometown talent Chris Dallo,  composer, singer Shaina Saimone,  Kobena Aquaa-Harrison grooving to the African rhythms. And once again Quincey Bullen accomplished pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.  Food provided by the talented Chef Kulam , The Village Grocer .  Along with the silent auction we launched our first live auction which was a roaring success thanks to the wonderful people who donated some amazing prizes from vacation packages to dinner for 8 in your home.

We are thrilled to say our monthly donor program continues to grow and our children’s futures look bright.


Strides for Youth 2015

This year’s event held April 23rd  at the  Monte Carlo Inn  included a cocktail party catered by Peter & Paul’s with unique foods and beverage creations.    MC this year was the gracious Fennella Bruce, News Producer of CTV’s Canada Am.   Guests enjoyed a colorful African Themed fashion show and silent auction.  MC Bondi, host of the African Groove Show G98.7 FM was our Disc Jockey along with TK Smoothe.   The talented Quincy Bullen wowed our guests with his very own style of funky jazz.

Working to build on the education program we launched a monthly donor program with hopes of someday having 100 committed individuals donating monthly.   We are thrilled to say that this evening our monthly donor program was launched giving us a foundation to build on.

Strides for Youth 2014

This year’s event held April 10th at the Media Lounge; Toronto was a huge success. We brought a little bit of Kenya to Toronto with the dance performances of Mafa Makhubalo  and vocal performance of Quisha Wint .   Host Patricia Jaggermaut, CP24  had the crowd dancing .  Music Host was MC Bondi of G98.7 FM  and  TK Smoothe. The cocktail event featured a silent auction and several tasting stations provided by local Chef Trish Gill of Dock Ellis.  

With the dream of our children attending high school and having the opportunity of university we launched an education fund. This evening we received our first donation giving us confidence this will become a reality.

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Global Strides Charity


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Etobicoke, Ontario

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