Our thanks to Julie Kerekes who has made a generous donation to ReadUP in honour  of a “dedicated educator and inspiring literacy tutor whose generosity has contributed greatly to my daughter’s love of books.” Thanks, Julie, for helping ReadUP reach out to other children.

ReadUP would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Gerry Egan, who has set up a children’s charity and has appointed his young relatives (Nick MacPherson, Carol MacPherson, Sean MacPherson & Kyla Egan) to choose the grant recipients. Our thanks to Gerry and his family. ReadUP is honoured to be one of the first organizations to benefit from Gerry’s new philanthropic venture. Please know that your generous donation will go a long way toward helping young children learn to read and to gain confidence in their skills. We wish you all the best, Gerry and family.

One of our long-time participants, Maya, held a fundraiser for her 10th birthday and raised a significant sum for ReadUP. Our thanks to Maya and her family, and to all of the people who supported Maya’s fundraising efforts.

We are so pleased and proud that a child who has benefited from our program will, through her gift, bring the joy of reading to other children.

We are so pleased to have received a very generous donation from the East York–Scarborough Reading Association. Thank you for your support! The funds will be used to buy new books for our programs. And best of luck with your 39th annual conference, “Reading for the love of it 2015” in February. We’re sure it’ll be a huge success, as always.

Maureen Kenny and Jim McDonald have generously donated to ReadUP to celebrate the marriage of Shannon Beddoe and Brendan Morrison. Our sincere thanks for your unflagging support, Jim and Maureen, and our best wishes to Shannon and Brendan as they begin their married life.



Our fundraising party, Dress Up for ReadUP, was a resounding success. A good time was had by all, and we raised almost nine thousand dollars for ReadUP!

There were so many people involved in making this event memorable. First off, we’d like to thank the many organizations and corporate sponsors who donated items and other services:

Anne Francis Piano Tuning

Aon Benfield Canada

Arbonne Cosmetics

Athena Bakery


Body Blitz Spa

brani/bo studio

Cameron Craft Beer

Canadian Tire

Danforth Jewellery

Daniel Rikely Photography

Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre

Home Depot

Hudson’s Bay Company

Il Fornello

Integrated Woodlot Management

Joanne Murphy Design

Katsu Sushi


Mad Mexican



No Frills

Pampered Chef

Pape Market – Foodland

R.E.A.L. Partners Ltd.

Ratas Optical

Riverdale Hub

Riverdale Readers Inc.

Rooster Coffeehouse

Shoppers Drug Mart

Sleep Country

Soulpepper Theatre Company

The Keg

Toronto Operetta Theatre

Treasure Island Toys

Vango Photo Booth

Wine Rack

Next, we’d like to send out a big THANK YOU to the following individuals who donated food/items or their valuable time to make our fundraiser a success:

Aditi Shaily

Alexandra Yee

Anna Camara

Anne Francis

Ben Wiggins

Boriana Karan

Carol Wiggins

Catherine Currie

Cathy Henry

Christine Yee

Cindy Robinson

Daniel Rikely

Derek Currie

Gale Beeby

Gary Mansbridge

Geraldine Murphy

Helen Toliver

Jean Paul Palmentier

Jesse McDonald

Jill Bever

Jim McDonald

Joanne Murphy

Jose Hadad

Kathleen Yee

Kevin Whibbs

Laura Allen

Lou Biasin

Louise Smith

Lyudmila & Darrell Brown

Maureen Kenny

Mike Gardner

Nicole Gardner

Paul Yee

Peter Holland

Philip Holland

Rob Tran

Steve McConnell

Tom Allen

Yuki Azuma

To Councillor Paula Fletcher and MP Craig Scott, and all of the others who attended the party or sent donations in lieu of, thank you for your support! We really appreciate it—and so will all of the children whose lives you’ve touched.


Sun Rises on East End Literacy Program


TORONTO, October 20, 2014 ReadUP Reading Clubs today announces that it has received charitable status and will hold its first major fundraising event on October 25, 2014 at Riverdale Hub.


The brainchild of children’s author and literacy teacher, Sheilah Currie, ReadUP began in 2005 as the Book Bag & Reading Club at Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre in the heart of Toronto’s Riverdale, Pocket and Leslieville neighbourhoods. The idea is to match kids up with books geared to their skill levels and help them to succeed at reading. That success breeds confidence and encourages more reading as children quickly move up from early readers to chapter books.


The East End of Toronto is home to many newcomer families and almost 40 percent of residents declare Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog and European languages as their mother tongue. As a side benefit, many of the newcomer parents and caregivers who accompany children to ReadUP sessions improve their English reading skills alongside their charges.


The stepped reading program, enthusiastically administered by Currie and a group of volunteers, has expanded to five locations and, with a board of directors in place, is poised to grow to more East End sites. “I have had requests to bring ReadUP to more schools and to communities in Scarborough and other parts of the city,” said Currie, “but I can no longer do that all by myself. Thanks to a great board who pushed to make ReadUP a registered charity, plus a fantastic fundraising committee, we will be able to buy more books, train more volunteers and eventually hire a second manager for the program.”


Dress Up for ReadUP is a black and white themed event “with a little sparkle” that will include dancing, sweet and savoury foods, a cash bar, silent auction, raffles and more. The evening begins on October 25 at 8 p.m. at Riverdale Hub, located at 1326 Gerrard St. East. A limited number of tickets are available at $30 each through Brown Paper Tickets.


For more information about ReadUP Reading Clubs and this event, or to make a donation, please visit and join on Facebook at Friends of ReadUP.


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Media Contacts:

Anna Camara – / 416-466-0927

Available on Request:

  • High-resolution photographs
  • Interviews with ReadUP founder, Sheilah Currie
  • Testimonials from parents and educators

Our thanks to the Kenny/McDonald family for their generous donation to mark the marriage of Lexi Chuba and Serena Hillman.

Congratulations Lexi and Serena, and may you enjoy a long, happy life together.

We are pleased to announce that ReadUP is now a Registered Charity! This is the result of the hard work of some lawyerly angels, and we extend our heartfelt thanks for their help. Donations to ReadUP of more than $15 will now be issued a tax receipt.


Please join us on October 25th, 2014 to celebrate ReadUP and to raise funds to continue and expand ReadUP’s programs.

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