2013 Toque Campaign - It’s the toque that does good and makes you look good!
2013 marks the 16th Annual Toque Campaign! That’s a lot of individuals, community groups, agencies, businesses and the media who have supported this signature, national campaign which has raised over $3.5 million for local, Partner Agencies working towards long-term solutions to homelessness. Canadians just like you who believe that together we can make a difference, one toque at a time.
Where the money goes:
• 80% of net proceeds from the Toque Campaign benefit grassroots community Partner Agencies that help homeless people in cities and towns across Canada
• The remaining 20% supports Raising the Roof’s national homeless initiatives, e.g. Youthworks and Child & Family Homlessness
Can I order a toque right now?
Absolutely! Just click on the ‘Buy a Toque’ red button on this page.
Toque TV PSA
These television and radio advertisements were created pro bono by our friends at Leo Burnett Toronto.
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…And these clips will give you a glimpse of some of the cool Toque Tuesday events held in communities across Canada:
Feb 5 2013 - BC Daily Buzz
Tim Baillie is on site at a game of street hockey that is raising money and awareness for the issue of homelessness. He discusses the tremendous amount of support that the campaign has received.
Feb 6 2013 - The Now
Tim Baillie is organizing the event that will see Surrey's local MLAs, from both sides of the floor, team up for a street hockey game against homeless players to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness.
Jan 27 2013 - Surrey Leader
Residents are encouraged to show their support for Toque Tuesday by donating new toques, winter shoes or boots, winter coats, and warm socks.
Jan 31 2013 - The Vancouver Sun
Lookout Emergency Aid Society and Pacific Community Resources Society promote the launch of their Toque Campaign. First Baptist Church will be the site of a fund-raising pancake breakfast where toques will also be sold.
Feb 1 2013 - Miss 604
Rebecca provides a list of all Vancouver locations where toques will be sold on Toque Tuesday.
Feb 1 2013 - The Record
Lookout Emergency Aid Society reaches out to the community for volunteers to assist with Toque Tuesday.
Feb 1 2013 - The Province
The second annual Toque Tuesday Hockey Day will take place at Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre which will feature 8 teams who will face off against local homeless players in 20-minute games.
Feb 3 2013 - The Province
Vancouver promotes the launch of their Toque Campaign which will take place at various locations including SkyTrain stations in Vancouver, New Westminster and Surrey as part of a national campaign.
Feb 5 2013 - The Province
A picture shows Elizabeth Taylor and Sharon Knotts selling toques at the corner of West Cordova and Granville Street as part of the Raise the Roof fundraiser to help the homeless in Vancouver.
Feb 4 2013 - Global Calgary
Nicole Nash promotes the Toque Campaign which will take place at various transit stations across Calgary.
Feb 5 2013 - Youtube
Marina Giacomin discusses the importance in supporting the fight against homelessness.
Feb 5 2013 - Global Calgary / Global 1 Traffic
Cathy McDonald promotes Raising the Roof's Toque Campaign as the toque that looks good and does good.
Feb 16 2013 - The Mike McGuire Podcast
Ken Franczek promotes the Toque Campaign and talks about being on the Raising the Roof board. He shares his experience of homelessness and what helped him get off the streets.
Feb 4 2013 - Youtube
Homeward Trust Edmonton and Crystal Glass staff members talk about their support and partnership with Raising the Roof and the Toque Campaign.
Fort McMurray, AB
Jan 30 2013 - Fort McMurray's Independent Local Weekly Community Newspaper Connect
The Centre of Hope launches its first Toque Campaign in partnership with Raising the Roof.
Feb 5 2013 - CHFT-FM News
Sarah Thompson urges Fort McMurray residents to support the Centre of Hope in their fight against homelessness by purchasing a toque.
Mar 7 2013 - Fort McMurray Today
The Fort McMurray Centre of Hope's 2013 Toque Campaign doubles the amount of money raised during last year’s challenge.
Georgian Bay, ON
Feb 5 2013 - Georgian Bay Today
Carolann talks about the initiative to aid the homeless.
Dec 12 2012 - The Hamilton Spectator
A picture shows members of the Sherwood Secondary School Justice Club selling toques on behalf of Wesley Urban Ministries Raising the Roof Campaign.
Dec 20 2012
Wesley Urban Ministries promotes the Toque Campaign by providing facts about youth homelessness.
Feb 6 2013 - The Hamilton Spectator
Janet Jacks and Conor McMahon replenish their supply of toques in support of Raising the Roof's Toque Campaign to raise funds for homeless youth in Hamilton.
Jan 16 2013 - The Hamilton Spectator
Wesley Urban Ministries promotes the Toque Campaign, describing the ideal community that they hope to have one day.
Dec 22 2012 - The London Free Press
Heylek Kadar discusses that he was only 15 when he became homeless. As a result, he will spend Christmas week (Dec. 21 - 28) on the streets of London to raise awareness about youth homelessness. In addition, he will be selling toques on behalf of Raising the Roof
Dec 22 2012 - London Community News
Heylek Kader is nearing the end of his journey as he continues to demonstrate that there is help and resources available for the homeless population of Canada.
Dec 24 2012 - The London Free Press
Heylek Kader discusses some of the experiences and people he has encountered on his journey to raise awareness and money for youth homelessness.
Dec 28 2012 - London Community News
Heylek Kader spends Christmas week (Dec. 21 - 28) on the streets of London to raise awareness about youth homelessness.
Jan 17 2013 - Youtube/Stellar Radio
Paige Parker interviews Heylek Kader about why he chose to spend a week living on the streets of London.
Dec 12 2012 - Mississauga Ward 3 newsletter
Our Place Peel launches Toque Campaign
Feb 4 2013 - Sunshine 89.1 Orillia
Carolann's radio interview with Jim Birchard goes on air at 11am.
St. Catharines, ON
Feb 5 2013 - Niagara This Week
Lakeshore Catholic High School partners with Raising the Roof to launch their own Toque Campaign. Grade 12 students Jessica O'Brien and Jackie Franck have gone above and beyond to organize a dodgeball game to raise additional funds for the campaign.
Nov 20 2012 - Q92 Sudbury's Best Rock
SACY launches Toque Campaign
Nov 20 2012 - Sudbury Northern Life
The Sudbury Action Centre for Youth (SACY) served a chili lunch in support of the Raising the Roof Campaign
Feb 5 2013
Toronto Catholic District School Board Principal Julio Sousa visits the kindergarten class of Tralee Reford, the teacher who initiated the Toque Tuesday fundraiser in 2002, and has remained the driving force behind the annual event.
Feb 5 2013 - Inside Toronto
Sherbourne Health Centre, St. Christopher House and Houselink team up with Raising the Roof to help raise funds to combat homelessness. The funds from Toque Tuesday and ongoing toque sales will support the three organizations’ homeless programming.
Feb 5 2013 - Metro
Toque Tuesday gets a mention in the Metro Crossword on Tuesday February 5, with clue number twenty two down reading “Raising the Roof’s money-raising red hat to help the homeless”
Feb 5 2013 - 680 News
A reporter interviews Dawn Nelson on site at Yonge & Bloor subway station, where volunteers are busy selling toques to commuters in support of Raising the Roof's Toque Tuesday Campaign.
Feb 5 2013 - City Tv Breakfast Television
From the heart of the Toque Campaign, at Yonge and Dundas Square, Carolann stresses the importance in supporting the fight against Canada's homeless.
Feb 5 2013 - The Morning Show
Kimberly Fowler urges listeners to help the homeless by purchasing a toque.
Feb 2013 - HOMES Magazine
HOMES Publishing Group employees will proudly wear a toque on Tuesday, February 5, to show their support for Raising the Roof and the Toque Campaign.
Feb 5 2013 The Global Morning Show
Markus Harwood-Jones promotes Raising the Roof's Toque Tuesday and shares his personal experiences with being homeless.
Feb 15 2013 - Youtube
Students from John Rennie High School in Montreal pitch in to help raise money for Nazareth House and other frontline organizations working with the homeless in Montreal as part of Raising the Roof's Toque Tuesday Campaign
Saint John, NB
Jan 30 2013
Human Development Council Safe Harbour transitional Youth Services launches its second Toque Campaign in partnership with Raising the Roof.
Feb 4 2013 - Global Maritimes
Laurie Ehler, the executive director of Bryony House, joins Crystal Garrett to talk about Toque Tuesday.
Pictou County, NS
Dec 19 2012 - The Advocate
Roots for Youth launches its first Toque Campaign in partnership with Raising the Roof and Scotiabank, who will match the funds of every toque purchased.
Nov 30 2012 - Delphi
Delphi's client Intact Insurance is beginning their Raise the Roof campaign and has challenged us to a Ten Toque Challenge!
Jan 21 2013 - Blue Sky Financial Group
Blue Sky Financial Group purchases toques for all its members, promoting its partnership with Raising the Roof and the toque campaign.
Jan_2013 - Canadian Living
Canadian Living magazine features Raising the Roof's toques as number 8 on their list of 14 charitable gifts for the Holidays.
Wondering how you, your workplace, school, community group or agency can participate in the Toque Campaign? Check out our ‘Get Involved’ page for ideas. We’d love to hear your great ideas too!
The Difference a toque can make
the difference a toque can make
Toques in your community
To date, the Toque Campaign has generated over $3.5 million in grants – money that has been used to support 145 homelessness-serving agencies in 70 communities across Canada, as well as Raising the Roof’s national Youthworks initiative, which focuses on long-term solutions to youth homelessness.
- 2013 marks the 16th anniversary of the Toque Campaign. The campaign runs from November 2012 to the end of February 2013.
- Our annual Toque Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013.
- Our 2013 Toque Campaign National Partners are: Intact Financial Corporation & Canadian Traffic Network.
- Our 2013 Regional Toque Campaign Partner is: Crystal Glass
- Our TV toque Spots (PSAs) were created. pro bono, by Leo Burnett Toronto
- Our toques are manufactured by JJM Manufacturing.
- Our website is donated and maintained by ecentricarts.
Toque Campaign/Toque Tuesday Dates
We will launch our 16th annual Toque Campaign this Fall. Toque Tuesday will be held in February 2013.