Toronto—Magna CEO Don Walker and his wife Joan Kelley shone a spotlight on the needs of Africa at their Africa Comes Alive event.
Organized by the automotive firm CEO and his wife, the benefit for Christian charity World Vision saw hundreds of people—including many top celebrities and a who’s who of Canadian business—turn out for a night of fashion and entertainment.
The gala featured a fashion show of swimwear by Cascata Blu paired with African-inspired jewellery created and donated by Canadian designers. Guests were entertained by live music including Krystaal and the BCL African drummers.
After a visit together to A Hi Kulene, a World Vision Area Development Program in Mozambique, Kelley and Walker committed to raising awareness of World Vision Canada and to find sponsors for the hundreds of children and orphans of the area.
The charity seeks sponsorships to help build schools, health care facilities, teach better farming strategies and set up infrastructure to encourage independence. The couple personally matched donations of up to $150,000.
Based in Aurora, Ont., Magna International Inc. designs and manufactures automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body and chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; powertrain systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly at 275 manufacturing operations and 85 product development centres in 26 countries.