The annual Sun Christmas Fund was founded in 1983 to bring hope to kids with disabilities and families struggling through the holiday season. Former Toronto Sun columnist, Mike Strobel carries on the tradition each Christmas to help champion our kids, our athletes, our staff and our mission. Since its inception, and with the added donations from 2022 – the Sun Fund has now raised over $1.8 million dollars!

The annual Toronto Sun Christmas Fund was founded in 1983 to bring hope to kids with disabilities and families struggling through the holiday season. The campaign now serves as a major fundraising contributor for Variety Ontario during the holiday season providing inclusive programming and services for children across Ontario.

Mike Strobel and the Toronto Sun have always gone above and beyond to shine a light on Variety Village, Variety – the Children’s Charity of Ontario. Quirky Toronto Sun columnist, veteran writer, editor, author, and very good friend of the Village, ‘Noble’ Strobel took over the reins of the Toronto Sun Christmas Fund in 2008 after the passing of fund co-founder and sports journalist, George Gross. With Mike at the helm these past 13 years (three of those years after his retirement from The Toronto Sun), he has helped raise the fund total to over $1.8 million.

Mike continues to help make a difference in the lives of many people with disabilities, and he has been a true champion of Variety Village, our kids, our athletes, our staff and our mission.

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    • Toronto Blue Jays Tickets
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    Contest draw date: January 5, 2024


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    • Mail: Variety-the Children’s Charity of Ontario, 3701 Danforth Avenue, Scarborough ON M1N 2G2

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    The Toronto Sun Variety Ontario Christmas Fund Contest Rules 2023
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2023 Articles

  • A young girl (Madi) in a cheerleader outfit holding pom poms.

    STROBEL: Madi’s walking in a winner’s wonderland

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  • A sisterly hug: Variety Village ambassadors, Maya Salas Martinez ,11, (in purple), with her sister Amanda Salas Martinez, 16, (in pink)

    STROBEL: Siblings of kids with disabilities special in their own way

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  • George Guinto, 12, works out on weight machines with his dad Brian at Variety Village

    STROBEL: By George, he’s witty

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2022 Articles

  • Madi wearing a cream coloured sherpa bucket hat smiling

    STROBEL: ‘Wow, that’s a lot of money!’

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  • STROBEL: Changing the world — with his dog’s help

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  • STROBEL: No quit in Variety kids like Comeback Zach

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  • Variety staffer Brian Hay, left, mugs with Giacomo Bonetta at the Village. PHOTO BY JACK BOLAND /TORONTO SUN

    STROBEL: BOY WONDER: Variety kid a charming puzzle

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  • STROBEL: It’s a small world for those with disabilities

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  • STROBEL: The wide, wide world of Madi

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  • STROBEL: Sisterly love on full display at Variety Village

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  • HIS OWN BEST ADVOCATE: Variety kid on inclusion quest

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  • STROBEL: She’s in her courageous brother’s corner

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  • THE PEACE-MAKER: Variety girl a beacon of calm

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  • THE WILL TO WIN: Variety teen embraces wheelchair sport

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2021 Articles


  • Madi Amos in the pool

    STROBEL: ‘Hey, Aquaman!’ Mighty mite’s dare kicks off Sun Variety Fund

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  • An image of Madi and Victoria by the Variety Village Pool

    STROBEL: ‘JUST DEVASTATING’: Variety Village kids need you

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  • Matt (left) and Alex Raymond PHOTO BY JESSICA RAYMOND PHOTO /Toronto Sun

    STROBEL: ‘MR. PREMIER: HELP US’: Variety Village kids collateral damage in lockdown

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  • Victoria Illingworth and her parents, Amy and Daryl PHOTO BY SUPPLIED PHOTO /Toronto Sun

    ‘LOCKED DOWN FOR HER BIRTHDAY’: Variety Village closure hits hard

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  • Alex Morrison, 14 (left), and Zach Rayment, 11, are pictured on Volt hockey carts at Variety Village in Toronto on Nov. 20, 2020. PHOTO BY ERNEST DOROSZUK, TORONTO SUN /Toronto Sun

    PLAY FAIR! Village Volt hockey stars shut out

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  • Zach Rayment at Variety Village. PHOTO BY STAN BEHAL, TORONTO SUN /Toronto Sun

    VARIETY VILLAGE KIDS GET A BREAK: Lockdown let-up on way

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  • Sophie Walks, 11, and her mom, Dr. Amanda Dyson.

    STROBEL: From ‘baby house’ to Variety Village

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  • Kathleen Woo PHOTO BY MARILYN JANG PHOTO /Toronto Sun

    VARIETY VILLAGE: ‘I miss my piece of heaven’

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  • Kenith "Ken" Radonicich-Ord, 11, awaits the reopening of Variety Village and its pool, which for him is therapy and a home away from home. Jennifer Radonicich photo

    STROBEL: A Variety Village ‘fish’ out of water

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  • Kyra Menzie, 8, at a Variety Village synchro swim team practice in Toronto, Ont. on Sunday November 15, 2020. PHOTO BY ERNEST DOROSZUK /Toronto Sun

    STROBEL: Variety Village lass pushes Sun Christmas drive over $50K

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  • Cameron Imrie

    STROBEL: Village ties that bind

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  • Madison "Madi" Ambos, 7, is all smiles after the Sun Christmas Fund, of which she is 'chairkid,' raised more than $75,000 for Variety Village. PHOTO BY KATHERINE AMBOS /Submitted

    STROBEL: Take a bow, Sun readers

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