MONTREAL, July 15, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chambre de commerce de la
région de Mégantic, the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
(FCCQ) and the Red Cross are appealing to the extended business
community to help their counterparts affected by the tragedy in
The explosion and fire that devastated the town on Friday destroyed
roughly 35 businesses and more than 95 businesses were affected. Many
self-employed professionals have also lost everything.
"Business owners dedicate their whole lives to building their business.
This special fund administered by the Red Cross will help cover
expenses outside the scope of government assistance. There will also
inevitably be needs that emerge in the coming months that nobody has
considered yet. The fund will be there for that as well," said Isabelle
Hallé, Executive Director of the Chambre de commerce de la région de
"It could take years for these businesses to get back on their feet. We
are stepping up to the plate to help them in their time of need,"
stated Françoise Bertrand, Chief Executive Officer of the FCCQ. "Our
network of chambers of commerce was built on the values of mutual aid
and community spirit. That is why we are reaching out to our fellow
business professionals and asking them to support our friends in
Lac-Mégantic in order to rebuild the momentum required to restore their
economic pride. We are also greatfull to the Québec government for the
program put forward. "
"The entire province is coming together in a show of support for the
people of Lac-Mégantic. The efforts of the Chambre de commerce de la
région de Mégantic and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du
Québec are key to the local business community. The Red Cross is proud
to be a part of this wave of solidarity. We are very grateful to all of
our generous donors," added Pascal Mathieu, Acting Director General of
the Québec Division of the Canadian Red Cross.
The Chambre de commerce de la région de Mégantic and the FCCQ will
assist the Red Cross in administering this program. The chambers of
commerce are fortunate to be able to tap into the Red Cross's
organizational and fundraising expertise. We also thank Écorce for
developing the related promotional materials and Services d'édition Guy
Connolly for their English translation services.
Donations made via the following link will be dedicated to the
Lac-Mégantic business community rebuilding effort: www.redcross.ca/fondsfccq
SOURCE: Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
For further information:
Vice-President, Network Support and Training
Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec
Chambre de commerce de la région de Mégantic
Canadian Red Cross, Québec Division