Onex Sponsor of the Month
Written by Administrator
Monday, 30 December 2013 12:44

Merry Go Round Children's Foundation held their very first Inspiration Night gala this year with the goal to raise funds to bring on 100 additional kids to the Kids, Cops & Computers program. The event was supported by returning and new sponsors. One of our new sponsors was Onex Corporation (“Onex”), who came in as a Platinum sponsor and contributed $10,000 to the Program. We were of course delighted by the generous donation and would like to thank Onex. 

"Inspiration Night was a wonderful evening and a great chance to contribute towards the outstanding Kids, Cops & Computers program" said Don Lewtas, Onex Chief Financial Officer. With offices in Toronto, New York and London, Onex is one of the oldest and most successful private equity firms. Onex acquires and builds high-quality businesses in partnership with talented management teams. Inspiration Night 2013 was a great success due to the generosity of supporters such as Onex.

"At Onex we believe strongly in giving back to our community and growing a better future through  supporting programs such as the Kids, Cops & Computers program. Merry Go Round Children's Foundation is working hard to build a better future for the youth of Toronto and we are happy to lend a hand." Onex

Thank you Onex!


               Kids, Cops & Computers graduate Tina Davoudbeiglou thanks sponsors at Inspiration Night 2013

Students Spread Holiday Cheer
Written by Administrator
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 08:57

Kids, Cops & Computers students from St. Maria Goretti Catholic school recently spent their time spreading holiday cheer by volunteering at the local retirement home. The kids had a great time singing, handing out crafts they made for the seniors and sharing stories during snack time. It's always good to see our kids striving to become outstanding community citizens, for it is an ideal that the Program values highly. A big thank you to the kids from St. Maria Goretti for taking the time to help others enjoy the holiday season.

Happy Holidays everyone!


Pizza Nova Supports 2013/2014 Launches
Written by Administrator
Friday, 15 November 2013 12:52

Merry Go Round Children's Foundation would like to thank Pizza Nova for its continued support for the Kids, Cops & Computers program. Pizza Nova generously donates Pizza towards all of our launches and our end of the year Inspiration celebration. This year we visited 33 schools all across Toronto and handed out computers to 500 students. Pizza Nova donated pizza for every single launch, not only for the students, but also their parents and siblings. We would just like to take a moment to thank Pizza Nova for their generous donation that made a lot of people very happy.

So next time you are looking to order a pizza, please consider Pizza Nova (416 439-0000) as a way of saying thank for their commitment to the Kids, Cops & Computers program.

Thank you


Pioneer Energy Fuels Success
Written by Administrator
Monday, 11 November 2013 11:29


Inspiration is held every year to celebrate our newest students completing their first year of the Kids, Cops & Computers program and earning their laptops. Tim Hogarth, Chairman & CEO of Pioneer Energy, attended Inspiration so he could present the School Participation Award to St. Maria Goretti Catholic School. The School Participation Award recognizes truly outstanding excellence in a participating school. An appropriate award for Tim Hogarth to present, for it is a principle Pioneer Energy and he strive for everyday. 

“Inspiration is a highlight for me. I get a chance to meet some amazing kids who are great ambassadors of their communities. Pioneer is proud to contribute to this amazing Program” said Tim Hogarth.

Pioneer Energy has been a proud sponsor of Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation for over ten years. Throughout that time they have donated over $70,000 to the Kids, Cops & Computers program. Their tireless support helps ensure that the Program continues to prosper and help the students of Toronto. Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation would like to thank Pioneer Energy for placing its trust in our good work.

“At Pioneer Energy we believe our success is intrinsically linked to the health of the communities we call home, which is why we are we are committed to fuelling kid’s health & wellness programs in communities across Ontario. From fundraisers and community events to programs unique to our organization, our commitment to our customers extends far beyond the pumps. We are proud to support Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation’s mission of empowering youth to achieve their dreams.” Pioneer Energy

Thank you Pioneer Energy!


       Tim Hogarth (Chairman & CEO of Pioneer Energy) and Nalini Sharma (Master of Ceremonies) at Inspiration 2013 
                                     presenting the School Participation Award to St. Maria Goretti Catholic School.
A Co-op Student’s Launch Experience
Written by Administrator
Friday, 08 November 2013 13:18

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, I was invited to attend a launch for Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation’s Kids, Cops, & Computers program. As a co-op student, I really didn’t know what to expect. I thought of it as a business practice; it had to be done. However, it transformed into the total opposite. It was an absolute pleasure.

At 6:00 pm, one by one, the parents and the kids started to arrive. Everyone that had attended was very kind. I was assigned to take on my first real task at the launch, to help the kids set up their registration forms online. Helping out these children made me realize why this program exists. These students haven’t had a chance to gain more knowledge about computers. Knowing they would get the opportunity now satisfied me.

After the forms were filled out, the kids went to grab some pizza and settle down for the presentation. I was a spectator at this point. The presentation was straight forward and informative, but also entertaining. One of the big topics was how the students would need to earn their computer by attending six lead and learn courses and completing two assignments. There was a balance of information and interaction. The whole presentation had a nice flow and it kept both sides of the audience happy. To finally end the launch and let the kids dig in to their computers, we took a group photo of them with their new computers, serving as a memento.

By Andrew Mohan

Inspiration Night 2013
Written by Administrator
Friday, 01 November 2013 12:47

On October 28th, Merry Go Round Children's Foundation held their very first Inspiration Night 2013. The goal was to raise funds to bring on 100 additional Grade 7 students to the Kids, Cops & Computers program. More than 150 guests attended the event which raised over $100,000, accomplishing the night's goal. The event was put into motion by board members Amie Rocket Munk and Bryden Richardson, Inspiration Nightcommittee co-chairs. Ben Mulroney was the Master of the Ceremonies for the night, and he helped facilitate the discussion between special guests Peter Munk, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Barrick Gold and Jordan Banks, Global Head of Vertical Strategy and Managing Director of Facebook Canada.

Recent Kids, Cops & Computers graduate and scholarship winner Tina D. addressed the audience, telling them what a difference the Program made to her in terms of confidence, grades, and giving back to her community. She was proud to say she applied her Kids, Cops & Computers scholarship to her Ryerson University tuition where she is studying nursing.

Thank you to everyone who attended, to all our generous sponsors, and to everyone who made the night possible.


               Bryden Richardson & Guests                           Ben Mulroney, Tina D. &  Jordan Banks                     G.Scott Paterson & chief Blair               Peter Munk & Amie Rocket Munk                                  


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