TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of
Ontario (ETFO) and its locals across Ontario have donated $94,000 for
humanitarian relief work in the Philippines.
"Millions of people continue to struggle with the devastation and tragic
realities in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through the
Philippines," said ETFO President Sam Hammond. "It is incumbent on all
of us to act in order to assist those facing months and years of
rebuilding their communities and lives."
The Federation kicked off the fundraising effort with a $10,000
donation, then moved to match the $42,000 raised by ETFO locals. A
majority of the funds have been donated to the Humanitarian Coalition
consisting of five charitable member agencies including CARE Canada,
Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada,
as well as to Oxfam and the Canadian Red Cross. The coalition's website
"The giving doesn't stop with this amount. It's going to take years to
rebuild the lives of children and families in the Philippines. We are
encouraging all ETFO members and others to continue making individual
donations in the spirit of the season," added Hammond.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195, email@example.com