TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ -
WHAT: A Canada Day news conference to kick-off the year long blood
donation campaign by the Canadian Tamil community in
commemoration of their arrival in Canada, as a result of
violence that took place in Sri Lanka in July 1983 and in
gratitude for the kindness of fellow Canadians in providing a
new home for Tamils as they sought refuge from the perils of
HIGHLIGHTS: Interviews and photo opportunities with:
- Hon. George Smitherman, MPP Toronto Centre, speaking to
the importance of giving blood, the growth of the South
Asian community in Canada and the contributions of the
Canadian Tamil Community
- Canadian Blood Services representative Bill Coleman, and
Canadian Tamil Congress representative Dr. Meera Selvakone
speaking to the partnership and the value of an ethnically
diverse donor base
- Tamil Canadian donors, including survivors of July 1983
who have built a new life in Canada
WHEN: 1 pm, July 1st, 2008.
WHERE: Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd West, in Toronto.
This year, the Canadian Tamil Congress is coordinating an effort by Tamil
Canadians across the region to thank their adopted country by giving blood.
Tamil Canadians have signed on as the newest Partner for Life with Canadian
Blood Services, and have challenged themselves to donate an astounding 5000
units of blood to give others the gift Canada gave them 25 years ago, the gift
of a 'lifetime'.
The Canadian Tamil Congress recognizes the ongoing need for diverse
ethnic communities to donate blood and urges the 250,000 Canadian Tamils
living coast to coast, and fellow Canadians from all walks of life, to take
part by donating blood this year.
For further information:
For further information: Manjula Selvarajah, Canadian Tamil Congress,
Phone: (416) 240-0078, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org