THE WEEKLY VOICE,
SATURDAY, JANUARY 09, 2010
MILTON — Wrestling Legend Tiger Jeet Singh and his son, former WWE Superstar Tiger Ali Singh really drove home the notion that Christmas is about far more than Santa Claus, shopping and eating.
Using his influence around town, Tiger Jeet Singh was able to rally the troops for Troy’s Toy Drive, run by Troy Newton.
Singh, Sikh, was able to get the posters for the event up in area Muslim Mosques and Sikh Gurdwaras, helping spur on the giving regardless of faith. His son, Tiger Ali Singh, displayed that with his get-up – a Santa suit, wrestling belt and his turban. It was East meets West, he said.
“People of all faiths can come together for children in need,” said Tiger Ali Singh. The celebration at Troy’s Diner located in the Best Western Milton Inn was broadcast live on CityTV (Canadian network) by Breakfast Television. The Singhs along with the most famous hockey dad in Canada Walter Gretzky (father of Wayne Gretzky) were in high demand for their pictures and autographs by the fans in attendance.
The toy drive was very successful because of the donations made by local Miltonians and area residents that over $30,000 in toys and money were raised. Some of the extra money was used to buy food for a food bank. The toys went to the Salvation Army, with a portion going to The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto — at the insistence of the Singhs.
“This opportunity to give back truly means the world for our family,” said Tiger Ali. “Less than five years ago my nephew was a patient at Sick Kids when he was diagnosed with leukemia. With God’s grace and the helpful staff at the hospital he survived after he received a bone marrow transplant.”
Along with Troy Newton and Honourable Harinder S. Takhar Minister of Government Services, the Tigers delivered toys to the patients at the hospital. The father son team hosted a meet and greet with the children where they signed autographs and had their pictures taken with their championship belt.