Toronto Raptors’ Serge Ibaka donated his infamous oversized scarves to the City of Toronto for auction amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ibaka gave the scarves to the three figures who have become the face of Toronto’s fight against the pandemic; Mayor John Tory, Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eileen de Villa, and Fire Chief Matthew Pegg.
Mayor Tory thanked Ibaka for the scarves, and said they will be auctioned off to support United Way Greater Toronto.
Joined @ChiefPeggTFS and Dr. @epdevilla in trying on these scarves courtesy of the great @SergeIbaka. Appreciate his support & the @Raptors support in helping us get the message out that people need to #StayHomeTO to #FlattenTheCurve & save lives. pic.twitter.com/DtuweJytc8
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 11, 2020
De Villa also acknowledged the Raptor player’s donation, thanking him for his “generosity and being a role model by staying home and reducing the spread of COVID-19.”
“The scarf is more than art. We can use it when keeping 6 ft from others is difficult, like grocery shopping.”
Thank you @sergeibaka for your generosity & being a role model by staying home to reduce the spread of #COVID19 #AvecClasse. The scarf is more than art. We can use it when keeping 6 ft from others is difficult, like grocery shopping. #StayHomeTO @JohnTory @ChiefPeggTFS @Raptors https://t.co/j0srKLySPF
— Dr. Eileen de Villa (@epdevilla) April 11, 2020
Of course, Ibaka responded and told Tory, “We are all in this together Mayor!”
However, the scarf donation has been in the works for sometime.
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On March 27, Ibaka spoke with de Villa and Toronto Public Health on the work being done in the city to fight the virus.
Chief Pegg asked Ibaka to donate the scarves, which he would wear it alongside de Villa’s “famous scarves” at a press conference. Then, they would be auctioned off.
“Deal?” Pegg said, including Mayor Tory in the plan as well.
“Here is the deal. If @sergeibaka @Raptors can hook us up with a snazzy scarf, I will wear it at a press conference alongside@epdevilla and her famous @de_scarf scarves! Then, once we beat #COVID19 together, we will auction it off in support of @UWGreaterTO. Deal? @JohnTory”
Here is the deal. If @sergeibaka @Raptors can hook us up with a snazzy scarf, I will wear it at a press conference alongside @epdevilla and her famous @de_scarf scarves! Then, once we beat #COVID19 together, we will auction it off in support of @UWGreaterTO. Deal? @JohnTory
— Matthew Pegg (@ChiefPeggTFS) March 27, 2020
Ibaka confirmed the deal saying the “scarves are on the way.”
Like Ibaka, Toronto’s Chief Medical Officer’s scarves have also gained attention for their colourful and vibrant display during her daily press conferences.
It even garnered a Twitter fan account page called Dr. de Villa’s scarf.
So remember Toronto, keep an Ibaka-scarf-length away from others when physical distancing outside your household.