Let's give a big round of applause to local accessories designer and Metro News columnist Nathalie-Roze Fischer , who turned compassion for the people devastated by the South Asian tsunami into an incredibly lucrative day of fundraising. With only a few days to pull together the Shop For The Cause event, Fischer used her kick-ass networking skills to round up volunteers and donations - everything from fancy dinners to makeup, yoga classes and designer clothing - from her extended fashionista circle. And get this: the sale, held Saturday, January 8, at Bellefair United Church, followed up by Monday's silent auction, brought in a whopping $16,017.30, which the government matched, bringing the total sumraised for the Canadian Red Cross to an astounding $32,034.60! www.nathalie-roze.com.
Got a thing for antiques? Don't miss the largest shopping-centre antique show in Canada, running through Sunday (January 16) at Yorkdale (3401 Dufferin). If you're curious about the value of your treasures at home, bring them in tomorrow (Friday, January 14), when appraisals cost $5 each and all proceeds go to the Heart & Stroke Foundation . Thursday and Friday 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 9 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. 416-789-3261, www.yorkdale.com.
If you have any gently worn boots or winter shoes - kids, men's, women's, it doesn't matter which - taking up space at the back of your closet, now's the time to purge. Until January 31, the Foot Shoppe is holding its Ninth Annual Winter Shoe Drive . After cleaning up your footwear donations, the goods are given to women's and men's shelters across the GTA. Drop-offs can be made at these locations: 55 Bloor West, 416-964-6400 (and at Mephisto, 416-963-3668); 2465 Yonge, 416-481-4111; 2901 Bayview, 416-221-7002; and 162 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, 905-844-3668.