Airlift of Canadian Supplies from World Vision to Haiti

TRENTON, ON, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - A Canadian Forces C-17 Cargo plane left CFB Trenton at 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon bound for the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. Included on the plane were much-needed supplies from World Vision for the victims of last Tuesday's earthquake.

Another shipment will leave Monday morning at 9am. By the time it arrives Monday afternoon, more than 5 tonnes of relief supplies including mosquito nets, blankets and tarpaulins will have been transported.

The shipments are part of a massive deployment of stockpiled relief supplies, valued at over $30,000, allocated to World Vision by the Canadian International Development Agency. The planes are being provided by the Department of National Defence.

"These supplies from Canada are an important addition to what we already have on the ground." Noted Dave Toycen, President and CEO of World Vision Canada. "They will be put to immediate use to provide adequate emergency shelter for the children and families in Port-au-Prince who are now just sleeping in the streets."

"But no sooner will these supplies arrive than we will be looking forward to the next shipment, and the next one after that. The need is so great."

Many more supplies will be airlifted to Haiti in the coming week.

NOTE TO EDITORS: World Vision Canada has new visuals of cargo flights arriving and distribution of aid. Please visit the World Vision News Centre for further details:

    - World Vision donors support more than 52,000 children in Haiti,
      including more than 10,800 children sponsored by Canadians.
    - World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
      organization dedicated to working with children, families and
      communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
      people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

SOURCE World Vision Canada

For further information: For further information: To interview World Vision staff or for more information or visuals, please contact: Yoko Kobayashi, (905) 565-6200 ext. 2151, (416) 671-0086 (cell),; Britt Hamilton, (905) 565-6200 ext. 3973, (416) 419-1321 (cell),

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