Did you know that over 500 000 people rocked out at Nickelback’s sold-out summer tour? Better still, the band donated $1 from every ticket sold to a newly formed charity. The Obakki Foundation, formed by guitarist Ryan Peake’s wife Treana, is dedicated to improving quality of life for impoverished communities in Africa. At $500 000, it’s certainly a significant donation, but Peake states it’s only the beginning. “We are excited about the impact that the Obakki Foundation will have on these children,” says this passionate philanthropist and fashion entrepreneur.
Peake is using her signature Obakki clothing line of cozy coats, soft T-shits and cowl-neck knits as another venue to raise much-needed funds. She recently had 150 children in Cameroon write down what makes them happy, sad and afraid. The answers were then printed on covetable fashion items that go on sale on obakki.com in the early 2010 with 100% of the profits benefiting this worthy cause.
The Peake’s are in Cameroon this month visiting the orphanages and helping to build a new child-care center. You can follow their journey on Treana’s blog. No doubt this Canadian power couple is delivering the best kind of gift of this season. —M.L.H.
Photos: Portrait by Candace Meyer; runway by Evaan Kheraj