GTA Basketeers - CLOSED 2022

The GTA chapter is closed.

Click here to view the January 2022 newsletter

In our 22nd year we pivoted again from creating beautifully wrapped baskets to an on-line financial donation campaign. We received donations as thoughtful as $20 to amazing group and corporate donations. I really had no idea where our campaign was heading but I learned quickly that our work would continue in 2021 to support abused women across Canada. In the GTA we raised $32,415 and with all of our incredible Basketeers Chapter Leads across Canada we raised $124,645 nationally. We created 831 gift card bundles to distribute to the shelters we support.

In the last 22 years, the Basketeers have assisted 22,505 abused women in their new beginnings and raised approximately $4.75 million in kind donations.

I am sincerely grateful for all of the continued generous support and that in a year filled with loss, anxiety and uncertainty our donors entrusted us with financial donations to continue our support of shelters for abused women. It is our hope that the contents of each new beginning gift card bundle not only help recipients start over, but serves to let the women know that they are supported by their community and have alternatives to returning to an abusive relationship.

I believe that when you change the focus from yourself to someone in need your life becomes bigger. On a personal note, the Basketeers volunteer project has changed my life by introducing me to amazing new individuals, corporations and opportunities. It has brought me awareness of the unacceptable abuse of women across our country.

I also want to share that 2021 was my last campaign. It has been a privilege to have a vision and then have it come to life on a bigger scale than even I could have imagined. It is because of the generous community, multiple volunteers, powerful Basketeers chapter leads in other cities and our sponsors that I fulfilled my passion. I am aware not everyone is lucky enough to experience the community involvement and outreach that I have and I am grateful.

Thank you for your generous support of the Basketeers.

Cheryl Stoneburgh

Basketeers Founder

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