Tigers visit Sick Kids Hospital with Trailer full of Toys
Christmas spirit coupled with Sikh tradition of equality
Milton, Ontario, Canada
December 22, 2009
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.
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 and son team hosted a meet and greet with the children where they signed autographs and had their pictures taken with their championship belt.
Using his influence around town, Tiger Jeet Singh was able to really rally the troops for Troy’s Toy Drive, run by Troy Newton. Singh, a 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 City TV (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 so 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."
Although Sikhs don’t traditionally celebrate Christmas, the father and son team want every child to feel the spirit of giving during Christmas time. “I personally believe this is a fantastic opportunity to bridge the gap of understanding between our diverse cultures and religions during the holiday season,” said Tiger Ali Singh.
The Tigers have been generating a lot of news lately with their recent induction in to the Walk of Fame in Milton, Canada; the first time ever for wrestlers or a father and son team to be inducted anywhere in the world. They are using this tribute to promote the hospital and local charities that are the true champions in their eyes.