CAW Urges Support for Pakistan Emergency Relief

August 24, 2010, 8:26 AM EST

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The CAW will be donating $40,000 to the Pakistan relief effort and is urging local unions and individuals across the country to give generously to the growing need for assistance by 20 million citizens impacted by the flood.

CAW President Ken Lewenza expressed his condolences to those affected by this devastation and to Canadians with families suffering in Pakistan or who have lost loved ones.  "In a region already facing so many challenges, this latest catastrophe is unimaginable," said Lewenza. He expressed concern at the slow pace of donations coming in from the international community that is putting survivors at risk of perishing.

Millions of people in Pakistan are struggling to survive the worst floods in 80 years that began July 21st.  The CAW Social Justice Fund will donate $25,000 and CAW Local 222 will donate $15,000 to Oxfam Canada with more money expected to pour in from across the country.

"The leadership and support of the Social Justice Fund and CAW locals are crucial at this time -- and very much appreciated," said Robert Fox, Oxfam Canada's Executive Director. "As millions scramble to save their families from the raging flood waters, the CAW's support will help us provide clean, safe water as we work to head off a second disaster -- the risk of a spike in deaths from water-borne diseases."

The need continues to be great in Pakistan. If you want to make a difference with an individual contribution* made to the CAW-SJF Pakistan Floods Relief Fund between August 2 and October 3, the Government of Canada will match dollar to dollar into a government relief fund. Please note the deadline for the government matching program has been extended to October 3.

Cheques should be made out to CAW Social Justice Fund - Pakistan Floods Relief, and sent to:

CAW Social Justice Fund
205 Placer Court
Toronto, Ontario
M2H 3H9

*A tax receipt will be only issued for individual contributions of $20.00 or more and that provide a complete mailing address. If you have any questions, please email the CAW International Department:


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