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Nellie’s Second Annual Holiday Auction!

7 Dec

For the second year we are hosting an Online Holiday Auction in support of the women and children at Nellie’s! With amazing gifts from local businesses, we are proud to offer over 50 great items ranging from food, fitness, fashion and furniture!


Here are some of the great items we have up for auction:

1) Brooks Brothers $500 Gift Certificate and Fashion Consultation: Brooks Brothers is the 192-year-old company that has dressed nearly every American president from Lincoln to Kennedy to Obama and helped create costumes for Mad Men and Gossip Girl. This items is a $500 gift certificate for clothes, including a wardrobe consultation.  Perfect for the well-dressed man or woman in your life. Bid on this item here.

2) Tea for 2 with author Katherine Govier: Katherine Govier is the author of nine novels and three short story collections.  Her most recent novel The Ghost Brush is about the daughter of the famous Japanese printmaker, Hokusai, creator of The Great Wave. The winner of this item and a guest will visit The Royal York Hotel Library Bar with Katherine to enjoy tea, finger foods, delectable pastries, and great conversation.  Bid on this item here.

3) 5 Class Pass at Misfit Studio: Misfitstudio is where yoga’s centering calm gets spiced with a little rock and roll. Classes at MISFITSTUDIO are fun and creative. A change of pace, a flash of laughter and lots of music fuel a memorable class! The 5 class pass is valid for yoga, pilates or fusion classes. Bid on this item here.

4) Dinner for 4 from Santo Pecado Mexican Catering: Santo Pecado plays sinfully with the luscious flavours and textures from the Mexican Cuisine, respecting the sanctity of Abuela’s tradition.  Using the freshest ingredients and traditional family recipes, Santo Pecado will create the perfect dinner party experience for you and 3 of your friends.  Bid on this item here.

5) 2 Custom Box Deliveries from Front Door Organics: Front Door Organics has been delivering Toronto’s biggest selection and highest quality certified organic food, including fruit, vegetables, meat and more since 1997! Easy online ordering provides you with access to fresh healthy organic food – delivered right to your front door. Bid on this item here.


Team Nellie’s Race Re-Cap!

15 Oct

Wow! What a day! Despite a wet start, our team members braved the rain at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in support of the women and kids at Nellie’s!

(Team Members Elizabeth and Kiela)

Our team members ran in the 5K and half-marathon races, and although their shoes were soaked and their clothes were wet, each one came across the finish line with a smile.  We are so proud of all of you.

(Team Members Louise and Faye)

Our fantastic team has raised $15,822, which is 80% of our $20,000 goal.  100% of the money raised will go to support our programs for disAbled women, including our Women and Accessibility Support Group. If you would still like to make a donation to our team, you can do so here.

It was wonderful to be part of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon again this year and we look forward to participating in 2013. Thank you to our amazing team members and generous donors for making this year another great success!

Team Nellie’s set to Run and Walk in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

11 Oct

Wow.  We can’t believe it is only 3 days until Team Nellie’s takes on the Toronto Waterfront Marathon for our second year in a row! Our team has been busy training and fundraising and we are excited to announce that this morning we surpassed the $10,000 mark! Congratulations to our Top 3 Fundraisers Anna Von Frances, Lori Loewen, and Victoria Lucas from Viva Pulse!

(Top Fundraiser Anna Von France)

Running a half-marathon or a 5K is no easy feat, and we feel honoured and privileged that our team members have made the commitment to run for a cause and help us end Violence Against Women. 100% of the money raised will go to support our programs for disAbled women, including our Women and Accessibility Support Group.  After we launched this group last year, the feedback from participants has been clear: there are not enough services for this population and our services to them are greatly needed.

This weekend we’ll be keeping you updated via our facebook and twitter pages while we’re at the run! Keep an eye out for some great pictures and messages and follow hashtag #STWM and #TeamNellies.  If you’re out on race day, and you see someone wearing this on their back, be sure to give them a cheer!

If you’d like to support our team by making a donation, you can do so here. Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far! Now, it’s time to rest up those legs and wait for Sunday.  GO TEAM!

Toronto Waterfront Marathon Update

6 Sep

With just over 1 month to go, our runners and walkers are getting ready to take on the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K for the second year in a row. So far we have 22 wonderful people helping us to reach our $20,000 fundraising goal, and today we would like to invite you to join them. If you have been considering participating in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half-Marathon or 5K, now is the time to join as the race always sells out!

We are offering a free registration to every member of our team who agrees to fundraise $250 or more. That’s a savings of up to $110! If you’re nervous about fundraising, don’t worry, our fundraising team is here to offer support and inspiration whenever you need it. All our team members will be treated to a post-race brunch buffet, and best of all, you won’t have to brave the crowds at the Direct Energy Centre to pick up your race kits – we’ll do that for you.

If running isn’t your thing, you’ll be excited to know that we have joined forces with Viva Pulse: Vivacious Women Out to Transform the World to put together a 5K walking team. Viva Pulse is an initiative of vivacious plus size women and the people that love them to support our communities and each other in transforming the lives of women in the world. Viva Pulse is currently accepting new team members to walk and raise funds for Nellie’s. As a member of the Viva Pulse 5K walking team, you will be invited to 2 walking clinics complete with health and fitness advice, stretching and walking techniques, nutritional support, and a 1-hour training walk. For more information about joining the Viva Pulse team, please contact us.

Whether you’d like to run the half marathon or walk the 5K, we would love to have you join us on October 14th as part of Team Nellie’s at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon! Together, we can make a difference in the lives of every woman and child who arrives at our doorstep, fleeing violence, poverty and homelessness. This October, cross the finish line knowing you’ve made a difference. Join Team Nellie’s today!

To join our team, call us at 416-461-0769 or e-mail

Join Team Nellie’s!

1 Aug

Join us October 14th at the 2012 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon!  After a successful first year, Team Nellie’s is back and we are looking for new team members to help us reach our $20,000 fundraising goal. 100% of the money raised will support the women and children who access our services as they begin new lives, free from violence, poverty, and homelessness.

As a member of Team Nellie’s, you will join a community of runners and walkers dedicated to creating a future without violence against women and children. Team members who commit to fundraising $250 or more will receive a free entry into the race (a $100 value) as well as some other great incentives:

-access to free training runs

-a Brooks technical running shirt

-invitation to a team celebration

-fundraising support throughout your journey!

If you’re nervous about fundraising, don’t be! Last year the majority of our team surpassed their $250 fundraising goal with our Top 3 Fundraisers, Anna Von Frances, Brian Shaughnessy, and Elizabeth Andrew each raising over $1000! After you register, we will create a personal online fundraising page for you, making it easy for your family and friends to donate anytime.

 See who has already joined our team.

The Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be held this year on Sunday October 14th. You are invited to run, walk, or wheel in the 5K, half-marathon, or full marathon race. For more information please contact our Fundraising Team at 416-461-0769 or

Park Yoga for Nellie’s Shelter

5 Jul

For the second year in a row,  we are pleased to announce that Trixie Montanile of The Flying Yogi is offering pay-what-you-can Park Yoga Classes with donations going to Nellie’s.

Classes take place every Saturday at Riverdale Park from 10-11am  and every Sunday at Jimmie Simpson Park from 10:30-11:30am.

If you’re looking for a great way to enjoy the warm weather this summer, join Trixie at Park Yoga for some relaxation and good karma!  All levels are welcome.  Please see the poster below and The Park Yoga Toronto Facebook Page for more information.

This October Run & Walk to End Violence Against Women.

11 Apr

It’s April, the sun is shining, the runners and walkers are out every morning and evening, and it’s time to start planning for the 2012 race season!

This year, Team Nellie’s is back with a bigger fundraising goal ($20,000) and we are looking for some new members to join us as we run and walk to End Violence Against Women. 

(Anna is back for her second year running the half-marathon for Nellie’s.)

Despite the fact that the most dangerous time for a woman in an abusive relationship is right before she tries to leave, in 2011 over 167 women made the brave decision to leave their homes and come to Nellie’s in search of a brighter future.  The money raised by our team members will go to support critical programs and services such as emergency shelter, counselling, support groups, educational programs, advocacy, and food access.

(Adriana running along the highway during the half-marathon.)

Last year our amazing team helped us raise over $11,000 for Nellie’s and this year we’ve almost doubled our goal to $20,000.  We would love for you to join us this year!  Please e-mail or give us call at 416-461-0769 if you would like more information about the race.  Remember, if you commit to raising $250 or more, your race entry is free!

(Team Member Pedro enjoying the taste of victory at the end of the half-marathon!)

For the most up-to-date information about Team Nellie’s at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, please visit our Charity Challenge Facebook page here or follow us on twitter here.