Pizza Nova Supports 2013/2014 Launches
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
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
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
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     Peter Munk & Amie Rocket Munk   G.Scott Paterson & Chief Blair  


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Xbox360 Contest Winner
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:24


Congratulations to Somto for winning the Xbox360 Contest. He has received the Xbox360 and the $60 EB Games gift certificate.

We received many amazing entries, but in the end we had to select one to be the winner. 

Thank you to everyone who entered, stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter for news on upcoming contests.

2014 HOPE Volleyball
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 14:56


Did you recognize Anthony Farnell on the home page? Anthony is the Chief Meteorologist on Global TV, and one of many celebrity supporters of HOPE Volleyball. So who is HOPE Volleyball and what does it have to do with Kids, Cops & Computers?

Each year, the HOPE Volleyball Tournament takes place on beautiful Toronto Centre Island (Olympic Island). It is a fun charity fundraiser with 40+ courts, 100′s of teams and 1000′s of participants. It is the largest one day volleyball tournament in the region! There are four divisions to suit all levels of play – Beginners, Recreational, Intermediate, and Competitive. You can sign up as a team or as an individual. Corporate teams participate, which is a great team building opportunity.

Their tag line is It all starts with HOPE. “It all starts with HOPE!” HelpingOtherPeopleEverywhere, or HOPE, is a charity fundraising for other charities so they can spend more time doing what they do best. Merry Go Round Children’s Foundation was delighted when we were chosen as one of two charities to benefit from the 2014 tournament. After submitting our “request for consideration” the good people at HOPE Volleyball Toronto met us and checked out our Kids, Cops & Computers program. They liked what they saw and the good work we do in the community. As a result, we will be a joint recipient of funds raised on June 14 2014. The other charity is Alzheimer Society of Toronto

You can find out more information at Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event. It is never too soon to think about entering a team in this fun event.Thank you HOPE Volleyball for having confidence in us and believing in our kids!


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