As you know I recently met Maria from Malu and really fell in love with the idea behind the brand. The mission behind the beautiful monarch butterfly outsoles, and the rest of the pieces, is to give back to the community. As part of my getting to know Maria and Malu I got to attend a donor recognition evening and see firsthand the difference that Malu, and other sponsors, make in local communities.
On February 4th 2015 I attended Sheena’s Place donor recognition evening hosted at the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon in the Toronto Reference Library. The evening consisted of beautiful music, thanks to the Cecilia String Quartet, great catering, and of course wine!! Throughout the fun of the evening several speeches were given by the founders, board members, and members involved with Sheena’s place to help convey its importance and purpose.
Sheena’s place is a non-institutional, non-residential center providing support for eating disorders. Located in downtown Toronto, it’s a safe environment where people that have been affected by or are struggling with an eating disorder, as well as families and friends of those affected, can come for support and attend professionally facilitated groups. Sheena’s place offers support to adults, women and men, and does so free of charge thanks to many generous donors.
According to Sheena’s Place, “In the Greater Toronto Area it is estimated that more than 240,000 people will suffer from an Eating Disorder during their lifetime. Unfortunately, barriers such as waiting lists, eligibility criteria, fees and stigma mean that many are unable to access appropriate care.” Sheena’s Place is the only organization of its kind in the GTA, and it is thanks to Malu and other organizations which continue to support and provide the means necessary to help run this wonderful organization, that Sheena’s Place has been able to help 25,000 people throughout its 18 years of existence.
Huge thank you to Sheena’s Place and all that you do, as well as to Malu and other sponsors which give generously to this beautiful cause. It was a pleasure partaking in the evening!
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder don’t hesitate to contact Sheena’s Place, or if you’re in a position to contribute please consider doing so.