GO customers and volunteer groups raise more than $30,000 for Haiti relief

TORONTO, Feb. 10, 2010 /CNW/ - Today, GO Transit announced that customers generously donated an astounding $31,964.27 towards Haiti relief efforts. These donations were collected by volunteers from World Vision and the Canadian Red Cross.

At five GO stations, customers donated an impressive $9834.69 to World Vision volunteers during the morning rush hour on January 22. At Union Station, GO customers donated $22,129.58 to Canadian Red Cross volunteers during morning and afternoon rush hours on January 27 and 28.

"The generosity of GO customers and the quick response from volunteer groups have resulted in significant contributions to Haiti relief efforts. Thank you for your donations," says Gary McNeil, GO Transit Managing Director.

On February 8, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced that over $113 million in eligible donations has been raised and will be matched through the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.

Through this Fund, the Government of Canada will match the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of Haiti relief until this Friday February 12, 2010.

Your help is appreciated and we encourage commuters to continue giving to Haiti.

www.worldvision.ca

www.redcross.ca

GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit system linking Toronto with surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). GO carries nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services that spans over 10,000 square kilometres. GO Transit is a division of Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. Follow GO on Twitter and Facebook.

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