A bride and groom from Toronto canceled their wedding to show how much they care about humanity.
Samantha Jackson and Farzin Yousefian had planned a traditional wedding.
But the couple realized the cost of their wedding could be put to a better use, by redirecting funds to a cause close to the couple’s hearts, the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge.
“We realized as we planned for our wedding that the average cost of a wedding is almost the same amount as the average cost of sponsoring a family of four,” says Jackson, a PhD student studying refugee health care policy who has been involved with the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge since July.
“Seeing how far donations go and seeing how much the money fundraised really means to people who are going through the program both as sponsors and people being sponsored…it just seemed logical that we would switch gears and make our wedding a fundraiser instead.”
The couple called their family and friends to tell them the big wedding was off and that they’d be getting married at city hall and celebrating with an informal dinner afterwards. The couple also asked their guests to forgo bringing weddings gifts and in lieu to donate money to the cause.
With the redirected wedding funds and the support of their guests, the couple was able to raise $17,500.