Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $25,000 for Ebola support in West Africa

TORONTO, Aug. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund (SHF) is contributing $25,000 to combat spread of deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

"The Ebola outbreak has killed over 1,000 people in three of the world's poorest countries - Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, and the World Health Organizations warns that the outbreak is not yet under control", said Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund.  "In response the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is making a $10,000 contribution to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières, as well as providing $15,000 to a grass roots NGO in Liberia to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus."

The Movement for Labour Rights and Justice (MOLAJ) will undertake an urgently needed public health education campaign with trade union members, and in communities, to provide workers and their families with the information they need to protect themselves against the Ebola virus.  MOLAJ will provide hand washing buckets and disinfectants.

MOLAJ is a local civil society organization with links to the United Workers' Union of Liberia (UWUL) and the Firestone Agricultural Workers' Union of Liberia (FAWUL).

Founded in 1985, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization which focuses primarily on development projects and emergency aid in developing countries, but also supports Canadian communities in crisis. United Steelworkers (USW) members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases employers make matching contributions.

SOURCE Steelworkers Humanity Fund

For further information:

Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca