Steelworkers Humanity Fund contributes $24,000 in emergency assistance



    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - The United Steelworkers Humanity Fund has
contributed $24,000 in emergency support over the last eight weeks to assist
recovery efforts of people who have lost homes, community facilities, and
livelihoods through devastating hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes.
    The Humanity Fund contributed $5,000 to the Red Cross to assist recovery
efforts following Hurricane Dean in Jamaica and Haiti. Hurricane Dean was
followed by Hurricane Felix, and the Fund contributed $5,000 in assistance for
Nicaragua through the National Workers Federation (FNT), a long time Humanity
Fund partner in development efforts.
    $10,000 went to assist victims of the Peru earthquake near Ica, through
the Lima-based Institute of Health and Work (ISAT), another long time Humanity
Fund partner. Finally the SHF made a $4,000 contribution to the Red Cross to
assist recovery efforts for severe flooding in Gaspe, Quebec.
    "Thanks to the generosity of Steelworker members, who have negotiated the
Steelworker Humanity Fund clause into hundreds of collective agreements," said
Humanity Fund President Ken Neumann, who is also the USW's National Director
for Canada.
    "The Fund is able to make emergency assistance contributions to help
people around the world who urgently need support to recover from natural
disasters. When these catastrophic events strike, it is often the poorest,
those already living on the margin, who suffer the most. Emergency relief to
assist vulnerable people in the aftermath of disasters is an important part of
the Humanity Fund's work, but long-term development projects, which build
communities and reduce vulnerability, are also an important focus for the
SHF."




For further information:

For further information: Doug Olthuis (Humanity Fund Executive
Director), (416) 544-5957


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