Toronto Couple Cancel Wedding to Help Syrian Refugees

Samantha Jackson and Farzin Yousefian called off their plans for a 'traditional' wedding and had a civil ceremony instead so that they could support a Syrian family's bid to live in Canada. 

The Toronto couple was planning their wedding when they saw a photo of Aylan Kurdi, a young refugee who died on the shores of Turkey. They realised then that they could use this as an opportunity to do good. The groom says: 

We could not stop thinking about the difficult decisions that many Syrian families are forced to make... [we] immediately began redrawing our plans with the hope of helping a Syrian family start a new life in Toronto.

Family and friends were supportive of the couple's decision and donated cash to their fundraiser in lieu of gifts. In three weeks they raised $22,750 and are working to collect the last few dollars needed to sponsor a Syrian family of four - which is $27,000. 

We are certain that our initiative will inspire others, just as the acts of others have inspired us... We are truly privileged to have had the opportunity to use our wedding for a greater cause than our own.

What do you think about this idea? 

I personally think this is a beautiful way to start off a marriage! That is also the response I have heard from most, but one person asked me, "What about the homeless in Toronto? Why can't we start here?!" My response was this: YES! We can start here! Everyone has a cause that is near and dear to their heart and it was this bride and groom's choice was to help a refugee family. Let it inspire you to give back to whomever and however you wish 😊