Canada Matches Con­tri­bu­tions for Pak­istan

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS -

Eight months ago, our broth­ers and sis­ters in Haiti were struck by im­mea­sur­able tragedy. In the wake of that dis­as­ter, Cana­di­ans re­sponded gen­er­ously by giv­ing over 200 mil­lion dol­lars to el­i­gi­ble Cana­dian char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in sup­port of the re­con­struc­tion ef­forts in Haiti; this amount was matched dol­lar-for-dol­lar by the Govern­ment of Canada. Over­all, over 400 mil­lion dol­lars has sup­ported Haitian re­lief ef­forts.

Tragedy has struck again – this time, in Pak­istan. Now is the time for us to reaf­firm our com­mit­ment as global cit­i­zens. We’ve proven once be­fore that when called upon, to­gether, we can de­liver.

The Govern­ment of Canada has once again pledged to match, dol­lar for dol­lar, the con­tri­bu­tions of Cana­di­ans to el­i­gi­ble Cana­dian char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in sup­port of the re­lief ef­fort in Pak­istan be­tween Au­gust 2 and Septem­ber 12. With this date fast ap­proach­ing, time is run­ning out to make your con­tri­bu­tion go twice as far.

The peo­ple of Pak­istan are fac­ing try­ing times. With the sup­port of the Govern­ment of Canada and other global part­ners, we can help them re­build and re­cover. On Au­gust 3, Canada made an ini­tial con­tri­bu­tion of $2 mil­lion through CIDA for the de­liv­ery of emer­gency food, wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion, shel­ter, non-food items, and health ser­vices.

On Au­gust 14, Canada pledged up to $33 mil­lion in fur­ther sup­port. And, af­ter Septem­ber 12, the Govern­ment of Canada will an­nounce even fur­ther of­fer­ings on be­half of Cana­di­ans from coast-to-coast-to-coast who opened their wal­lets and gave what they could to help the Pak­istani peo­ple.

With your sup­port, or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Red Cross, the UN and other Cana­dian non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions will en­sure that Canada’s re­sponse to the flood is ef­fec­tive and meets the needs of the peo­ple of Pak­istan. Royal Gali­peau, MP Ot­tawa–Or­léans


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