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Sock Monkeys and Smiles

Photo collage from sock monkey workshop Following this semester’s Winter Critique, BMC faculty, students and guests adjourned to the Faculty Club for a festive lunch and some charitable works.

Karyn Ho, a first year student in the Biomedical Communications Program, organized a sock monkey workshop. Through Operation Sock Monkey, the cuddly toys will find their way to children displaced by Superstorm Sandy.

“Not only did we create 16 adorable sock monkeys and fully recover the cost of materials, but we also raised an incredible $170 – and counting – to sponsor cleft lip/palate repair,” said Ho. “If we hit $250, we will be able to sponsor one complete surgery.”

For $5, students and faculty constructed and donated a monkey to Operation Sock Monkey or for $20 adopted a monkey to take home.

Since 2005, Operation Sock Monkey has brought smiles and laughter to promote healing through joy to communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil. And, while the sock monkeys make smiles, the funds raised will be donated to ‘Smile Train’. Smile Train provides free cleft surgery to hundreds of thousands of poor children in developing countries.

If you would like to help BMC reach the $250 goal, please email maeve.doyle@utoronto.ca before January 11, 2013.

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