Samantha and Farzin decided to do something wonderful in place of their original wedding plans...
A couple have ditched their wedding plans in order to donate the money to help Syrian refugees.
Canadian couple Samantha Jackson and Farzin Yousef decided to give the money they were planning to spend on their nuptials towards the struggle of Syrian refugees settling in the country.
The pair - who got engaged in September 2014 - decided to change their nuptial plans when they saw a photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who was found dead on a Turkish beach earlier this year.
Samantha and Farzin had already booked their venue, hired catering and invited 130 guests - but decided to switch their lavish plans for a low-key City Hall celebration, which took place last month. They donated the leftover cash to charity.
Speaking to ABC News about their wonderful act of philanthropy, Samantha said: "We were in the midst of wedding planning in September when that devestating photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi found on a beach came out. Like so many other people, we became acutely aware of how bad the situation was getting and how important it was to act and do something positive, so we cancelled the wedding and redirected the funds".
She added: "Our family and friends were absolutely thrilled and supportive... And rather than giving the traditional gift, they made donations to help fund our sponsorship of a Syrian refugee family".
The couple - who both volunteer for the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge - have raised $17,500 so far, with Samantha describing their donation as 'the perfect way to start our marriage'.
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