Around the World Gala Dinner
The Around the World Gala Dinner, hosted by McGill Students for UNICEF in Montreal, was a huge success for its third year running. This semi-formal event raised awareness about the economic disparities between developed and developing countries through the form of food allocation. Approximately $1,100 was raised that evening to be donated towards the UNICEF Syrian Refugee Emergency Fund with the hope that it will ameliorate the conditions that the Syrian children are living in.
All 150 attendees received a country card upon entry signifying how much food they will receive in the first round of serving. Those who were in the developed country category received a complete three course meal with desserts while those who were in the developing countries category merely received rice. Attendees thus indirectly experienced the struggles that many children around the world have to go through everyday.
Faisal Alazeem, Co-Founder of the Syrian Kids Foundation and the special guest speaker, gave a speech about the on-going Syrian Crisis and emphasized the gravity of the situation. He stated that many children and families are displaced internally or in neighboring countries with lack of basic needs.
Throughout the event attendees did not only learn about the Syrian crisis and economic disparities but were also entertained by talented McGill performers. The performers, Chromatones A Cappella, Effusion A Capella, McGill Chinese Student Society, Ryo & Kenneth, and Omer Tayaab, filled the hall with their melodious and beautiful music.
One of the key factors that contributed to the success of the event was the contribution of McGill club partners who provided a significant amount of the food served. The clubs involved were MASSA McGill, African Student Society, Iranian Student Association, Caribbean Student Society, Syrian Students Association, Mauritius Student Society, Turkish Students Society and Cacao Cocoa. Some local restaurants, O’Burger Le Resto and Pizza Navona, also generously sponsored a portion of the food served.