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T.O. LIGHT THE NIGHT – A Chance to Discover, A Chance to Give

Posted on 06 October 2010 by .

On October 2, 2010, from sunset to sunrise, the city of Toronto came alive with Scotia Bank’s Nuit Blanche. TO Light the Night, an epic scavenger hunt, was the brain child of a group of socially conscious, young professionals. This event offered Torontonians a chance to discover the art and diversity of Toronto and a chance to give to the Pakistan Flood Relief Effort. The current flood crisis in Pakistan has affected over one-fifth of the nation, leaving millions homeless; reportedly one of the largest humanitarian disasters in living memory. The organizers, Sheila Lakhoo, Nasreen Ramji and Noor Ramji, saw an opportunity through Nuit Blanche, to raise awareness about Toronto’s artistry, diversity, sense of social responsibility and promote contribution to humanitarian efforts.

At 8:00pm, 13 teams, 52 participants descended upon Hunt Headquarters at Tequila Bookworm (512 Queen St. W) to donate and begin their scavenge of Nuit Blanche. To increase awareness about the cause, interactive real-time bonus clues relating to Pakistan were published on the TO Light the Night Twitter page. Throughout the night, participants were entertained at headquarters by DJs Mista Jiggz and Kush Nubia who generously donated their services for the night.  The hunt officially ended at midnight with Team Al-Azhar the first to return with 122 points, only to be defeated by grand prize winner Team FAAHN, returning only seconds later with 145 points.

Sheila,-Noor-&-Nasreen

A grand total of $7,500 (including matching by an anonymous corporate sponsor and the government of Canada) was raised through this event. All proceeds were donated to FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Canada, a partner of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Through our “STARS” corporate sponsorship program, Afzal Huda donated $3,000 worth of photography services for our grand prize. Blushberry (John St), Manic Coffee (College St.) and Starbucks (Bay St.) provided additional prizes for our participants.

TO Light the Night Team Bio: TO Light the Night is the brain child of a group of socially conscious, young professionals. They saw an opportunity, through Nuit Blanche, to raise awareness about Toronto’s artistry, diversity, sense of social responsibility and promote contribution to humanitarian efforts.

Organizers: Sheila Lakhoo, Nasreen Ramji, Noor Ramji; Scavenger Hunt Developers: Ijaz Jamal, Rizwan Mawani, Afzal Huda, Nushin Daya.

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