Oil firm providing $100,000 and committing volunteers to help southern
Alberta flood victims
CALGARY, July 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Cenovus Energy is partnering with
Samaritan's Purse Canada by providing the relief and development
organization with $100,000 and employee volunteers to help southern
Alberta flood victims. The support will be used in Calgary, High River,
Siksika, Medicine Hat and possibly other locations where Samaritan's
Purse is cleaning and rehabilitating flood-damaged homes.
"Our thoughts are with everyone across southern Alberta who is impacted
by the devastating floods," said Vicki Reid, Cenovus' Director,
Community Affairs. "We want to acknowledge the amazing work being done
by Samaritan's Purse to ensure people remain safe. We believe in giving
more than just our financial help - we live and work in the affected
areas, and know how important it is to our staff to be able to
volunteer and support clean-up efforts."
Fred Weiss, Samaritan's Purse Canada's executive director, said: "We are
very grateful for Cenovus' significant commitment to our flood relief
effort in southern Alberta. Their financial contribution and their
promise of employee volunteers to assist in the rehabilitation work
will be an immense help to us. The need for financial and volunteer
help in southern Alberta is enormous, and it will continue for months."
The average cost of rehabilitating each flooded home - removing
destroyed furnishings and belongings, tearing out soggy drywall and
flooring, power-washing everything, then spraying anti-mould
disinfectant - is $2,000. An estimated 30,000 southern Alberta homes
have been damaged or destroyed by the June 21 floods that rank as the
most destructive in the province's history - sparked by torrential
rainfall and a 10-fold increase in several of the region's river flow
Samaritan's Purse has three specially equipped transport trucks - known
as Disaster Relief Units - assisting. One was in Calgary and another
was in Medicine Hat. Now that volunteers have completed a combined 230
home clean-ups in those two cities, both units have been moved to the
Siksika Nation east of Calgary to meet urgent needs there. The third
unit is in High River to address equally urgent needs.
Each Disaster Relief Unit serves as a local headquarters for emergency
equipment and supplies, and for training and managing the almost 2,000
volunteers so far who have been helping.
Cenovus employees in Calgary and Medicine Hat will soon be part of that
volunteer effort - working alongside others from corporations and
churches, plus many individuals who have signed up on their own. Some
volunteers are committing a day or two, while others are contributing
weeks. Several have served during past Samaritan's Purse disaster
Other disasters in Canada to which Samaritan's Purse Canada has
responded include fires in Slave Lake, AB, in 2011; Hurricane Igor in
Newfoundland in 2010; a tornado in Leamington, ON, in 2010; and floods
in Ontario in 2013, in New Brunswick in 2012, 2010, and 2008, in Quebec
in 2011, in Alberta in 2010, and in British Columbia in 2009.
Samaritan's Purse Canada has also responded to many international
disasters including the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011,
earthquake in 2010, Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005,
and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
To support this urgent relief and recovery work, call 1-800-663-6500 or visit SamaritansPurse.ca.
About Samaritan's Purse Canada
Samaritan's Purse Canada is an international Christian relief and
development organization working in about 45 countries to provide aid
to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution.
The Calgary-based charity also operates the well-known Operation
Christmas Child program that sends gift-filled shoe boxes to needy
children around the world each year. Our water initiatives raise funds
for life-saving BioSand Water Filters throughout the developing world.
Go to www.samaritanspurse.ca for more information.
About Cenovus Energy
Cenovus is a Canadian oil company. It is committed to applying fresh,
progressive thinking to safely and responsibly unlock energy resources
the world needs. Operations include oil sands projects in northern
Alberta, which used specialized methods to drill and pump the oil to
the surface, and established natural gas and oil production in Alberta
and Saskatchewan. The company also has a 50% ownership in two U.S.
refineries. For more information, visit www.cenovus.com.
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SOURCE: Samaritan's Purse Canada
For further information:
Samaritan's Purse Canada
1.800.663.6500 (ext.8723) or 403.615-8747 (c)
Analyst, Media Relations
Cenovus Energy Inc.