Daily Bread Food Bank & Azeeza for Women International Women’s Day ‘Resilience’ Gala

TORONTO, February 22, 2019 – Join Azeeza for Women for an evening of celebration and inspiration at the International Women’s Day “Resilience” Gala on Friday, March 8, 2019, held in partnership with the Daily Bread Food Bank. The Gala will highlight the adversity and obstacles overcome by strong women and their relentless pursuit in conquering barriers for both themselves and their families. 

The keynote speaker is a woman who epitomises spirited resilience, sheer grit and creativity: Canada’s very own “Queen of R & B Soul”, Jully Black. Jully Black will share her story of struggle and triumph, growing up in a large family where she was raised by her single mother in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood of Toronto, to now becoming one of the “25 Greatest Canadian Singers Ever” (CBC Music). She will also perform an inspiring song acapella. The event will feature RAW (Raging Asian Women) Taiko Drummers, a Torontonian performing arts ensemble and Naeema Hassan, a creative artist who uses poetry and academia to bring light to issues affecting Muslim communities worldwide. A short “Power Panel” of some of Toronto’s movers and shakers will share a few words about resilience and their contributions towards advancing equity for women locally and abroad. 

Neil Hetherington, CEO of the Daily Bread Food Bank said: 

 “We are pleased to have partnered with Azeeza for Women for this “Resilience Gala”. Singer, songwriter, story-teller and Canadian icon Jully Black has an incredible story of resilience.  It is a story that emphasizes success over adversity and perfectly highlights International Women’s Day. It is a pleasure to welcome the community to Daily Bread, and we’re grateful the proceeds will support thousands of people experiencing hunger in our city who also share a story of resilience.”

Miss Jully Black said:

“It’s a huge honour to be handpicked to deliver the keynote presentation at the 1st Annual Azeeza for Women Gala on the evening of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2019. It is Resilience that helped me fight through the interference of many trials and tribulations and win, and it is that same Resilience that will help us as nation rise today and rise together!” 

Members of the media are invited to attend the event on Friday, March 8, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. at the Daily Bread Food Bank, 191 New Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M8V 2E7.






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