Steelworkers' Humanity Fund gives $10,000 to Italian Earthquake Relief



    TORONTO, May 8 /CNW/ - National Director, Ken Neumann on behalf of the
United Steelworkers (USW) Humanity Fund, presented a cheque today for $10,000
to aid victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked the central Italian
city of L'Aquila on April 6.
    USW's donation is in response to an appeal by the Abruzzo Help Earthquake
Relief Campaign. Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Relief Campaign were
Ivana Fracasso, Federazione Abruzzese and Mario Cortellucci.
    "The needs of those in L'Aquila, who have seen their loved ones killed
and injured, and their lives turned upside down, are enormous. We want to help
them in their time of need," said Mr. Neumann.
    The families of Abruzzo and the Italian community in Canada, are
extremely grateful to the United Steelworkers of Canada. With this generous
donation to the relief efforts, USW's Humanity Fund will make significant
contribution to repairing the lives of so many," said Ivana Fracasso, co-chair
of the Abruzzo Help Earthquake Relief Campaign.
    According to the USW National Director, Canadians also feel a special
solidarity with the disaster's victims. "As a Canadian trade unionist, I know
that Italian working people, seeking opportunity and a better life for their
children, contributed in huge numbers to the development of this country. On
our building sites, in our factories and offices, universities and schools,
their efforts have been enormous. A special bond with these Canadians' country
of origin endures."
    The April quake - tentatively measured at 6.3 on the moment magnitude
scale - killed some 294 people while injuring more than 1,000 and leaving as
many as 50,000 homeless. Many residents of the Abruzzo region's capital whose
homes were destroyed have since resided in a tent city, while others have
spent nights in sleeping cars made available by Italy's state-run railway
company.
    Founded by the United Steelworkers union in 1985, the Steelworkers
Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization. Union members support
the fund through clauses in collective agreements which most commonly provide
for a contribution of $20 per year, per union member. In a number of important
collective agreements, matching contributions have been negotiated from
employers.
    The mandate of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund is to address issues of
hunger and poverty, primarily in the developing world, through development
assistance and emergency aid.
    Individuals can make a personal contribution to the victims of the
L'Aquila earthquake at any CIBC branch, through:

    
        O.S.J. Charities Trust Fund for L'Aquila
        Abruzzo, Italy - Earthquake
        Account No. 09012 69-21310
        CIBC 7765 Yonge St., Thornhill, ON L3T 2C4
    





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