At 4:00 p.m. on Friday August 19, 2016, swimmer Tim McConvey, a congregant at the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCC Toronto), began his attempt to cross Lake Ontario to raise funds for LGBTQ refugees.
Tim departed from Port Dalhousie, St. Catharines, and will arrive at Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto in the afternoon of Saturday August 20th. Follow his progress on Twitter!
Our world is facing its worst refugee crisis in history as millions of people flee persecution and despair in search of a better home. Over 73 countries still criminalize non-normative gender identities and expression, enforcing harsh punishments for sexual relationships among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. MCC Toronto is the only Canadian sponsorship agreement holder (SAH) that exclusively supports refugees fleeing persecution because of their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity. The church has sponsored more than 20 refugees from around the world to be resettled in Canada. MCC Toronto’s refugee ministry has also assisted hundreds of in-land asylum claimants over the past decade.
Canada is seen around the world as a beacon of hope and safety. For refugees facing discrimination, imprisonment and even death due to their gender or sexual expression, Canada is the inclusive and supportive society that many can only dream about. Swimmer Tim McConvey hopes to change that by raising the funds that will turn some of those dreams into reality.
To support Tim and our refugees, make your pledge here (select the Tim Swim option).