OTTAWA, Nov. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - As the Canadian Red Cross delivers more
life-saving medical care and support to other relief operations in the
wake of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation in the Philippines, it welcomes a
Government of Canada announcement extending by two weeks to December 23rd, a program to match dollar-for-dollar eligible donations by individuals
to the relief effort.
"The needs are still immense and we remain committed to helping people
in the immediate aftermath and in the longer term," says Conrad Sauvé,
secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "The extension of
the Government of Canada matching offer gives Canadians more time to
raise funds and make donations, knowing the value of their efforts
double in helping the people of the Philippines."
A Canadian Red Cross field hospital and staff, with support from the
Norwegian and Hong Kong Red Cross Societies, is operating at full
capacity in the heavily damaged city of Ormoc, ensuring essential
health needs of more than 100,000 people are met. This includes
surgical, pharmacy, maternity, pediatric services and psychosocial
"So far our medical team has delivered more than 60 babies, performed 24
life-saving surgeries, and our children's ward is at full capacity,"
added Sauvé. "Canadians can be proud that their donations to the Red
Cross are saving lives."
Financial donations support the field hospital and other Red Cross
activities such as staffing and equipping shelters and distributing
food and cooking utensils, clean water, hygiene kits and other
essential relief supplies.
Canadians wishing to help can make a financial donation online at www.redcross.ca, at their local Red Cross office or by calling 1-800-418-1111. Please
earmark donations "Typhoon Haiyan." The Government of Canada will now
match eligible donations of individual Canadians received up to
December 23, 2013.
SOURCE: Canadian Red Cross
For further information:
Canadian Red Cross
Media Line: 613-740-1994