The seventh annual Herbie Day fundraiser has raised $201,436 so far, says CityNews anchor Gord Martineau who has been broadcasting live all day from Yonge-Dundas Square to raise awareness and money for overseas children who need life-saving and life-changing surgery.
The roster of amazing performers on Friday included crooner Matt Dusk, Ashley MacIsaac, Canadian YouTube singing sensation Maria Aragon and the St. Michael’s Boys Choir. We’ll also be giving out some incredible prizes, including a trip to Europe and a $5,000 gift card to any Cadillac Fairvew Mall, for those who stop by the square to support the cause.
One group that has consistently supported the Herbie Fund is the Caribbean Children Foundation, whose members turned up at the event Friday afternoon with a $50,000 cheque. MPS Etobicoke School helped raise $1,952 for the Herbie Fund.
Canadian singer Justin Hines urged people deciding whether to join the party at Yonge-Dundas Square to make the trip.
“The kids that you’re supporting — it means the world to them. Not to mention it’s an amazing day. People are here hanging out, we’re performing and the spirit and energy is unbelievable. So please come on down,” he said.
CityNews at Six has brought you stories every night this week from Martineau, who travelled to Ethiopia to accompany children and their families on the long journey to Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
One report featured the story of Yeabsra, a young girl who needs facial surgery to correct a disfigurement, along with eight-year-old Soyam who swallowed a coin that burned a hole in her esophagus.
Justin performed at 1pm in Dundas Square last Friday, singing uplifting tracks For It’s You, Come Around, Say What You Will and Courage. He also joined Ashley MacIsaac and other amazing artists onstage to sing Healing Hands (Changing Lives), the official Herbie Day theme song. If you’d like to purchase the song, you can get it for 1.99 by clicking here. Proceeds from the song will go to the Herbie Fund.