Canadian Tamil Community Rallies to Thank Canada by Donating Blood

    TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ -

    WHAT:       A Canada Day news conference to kick-off the year long blood
                donation campaign by the Canadian Tamil community in
                commemoration of their arrival in Canada, as a result of
                violence that took place in Sri Lanka in July 1983 and in
                gratitude for the kindness of fellow Canadians in providing a
                new home for Tamils as they sought refuge from the perils of
                Sri Lanka.

    HIGHLIGHTS: Interviews and photo opportunities with:
                -  Hon. George Smitherman, MPP Toronto Centre, speaking to
                   the importance of giving blood, the growth of the South
                   Asian community in Canada and the contributions of the
                   Canadian Tamil Community
                -  Canadian Blood Services representative Bill Coleman, and
                   Canadian Tamil Congress representative Dr. Meera Selvakone
                   speaking to the partnership and the value of an ethnically
                   diverse donor base
                -  Tamil Canadian donors, including survivors of July 1983
                   who have built a new life in Canada

    WHEN:       1 pm, July 1st, 2008.

    WHERE:      Palais Royale, 1601 Lakeshore Blvd West, in Toronto.


    This year, the Canadian Tamil Congress is coordinating an effort by Tamil
Canadians across the region to thank their adopted country by giving blood.
Tamil Canadians have signed on as the newest Partner for Life with Canadian
Blood Services, and have challenged themselves to donate an astounding 5000
units of blood to give others the gift Canada gave them 25 years ago, the gift
of a 'lifetime'.
    The Canadian Tamil Congress recognizes the ongoing need for diverse
ethnic communities to donate blood and urges the 250,000 Canadian Tamils
living coast to coast, and fellow Canadians from all walks of life, to take
part by donating blood this year.

For further information:

For further information: Manjula Selvarajah, Canadian Tamil Congress,
Phone: (416) 240-0078, Email:

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