Largest philanthropic gift in organization's history
OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - CARE Canada is thrilled to announce it has received a $500,000 donation from the Stollery Charitable Foundation towards its Canadians Care campaign.
Douglas Stollery, president of the Foundation, presented CARE Canada President and CEO Gillian Barth with a cheque today in a ceremony at CARE Canada headquarters in Ottawa. Stollery is a member of the CARE Canada Board of Directors and co-chair of the Canadians Care campaign, a new fundraising initiative the organization has launched to support its development and humanitarian programming.
"The members of the Stollery Charitable Foundation are very impressed with CARE Canada and the unique and important role the agency plays in providing international nutritional support, education, health support and human rights development," said Stollery.
Over the next two years, the Canadians Care campaign is aiming to raise $4 million in support of CARE Canada's programs in maternal and child health, food and nutrition, and emergency assistance. Led by co-chairs Stollery and the Hon. John P. Manley, this national campaign seeks to raise critical funds, awareness and support for CARE Canada's international development and emergency response activities.
The Foundation's donation will be used specifically towards a CARE maternal and child health project in Ethiopia, which will expand access to a healthy and nutritious diet for mothers and children.
"We are honoured by the trust the Foundation has placed in CARE Canada's ability to deliver high-quality programming that will foster lasting change for some of the world's most vulnerable people. This extraordinary gift of $500,000 – the largest philanthropic gift in CARE Canada's history – will go a long way towards improving the health and nutrition of women and children in Ethiopia," said Barth.
"We are confident this donation will open the door to a new wave of philanthropy for CARE Canada's international development and humanitarian work."
About the Stollery Charitable Foundation
The Stollery Charitable Foundation was founded by Robert and Shirley Stollery in 1994. They believed it was important to improve the health and vitality of the local communities. The Foundation supports a wide range of projects in the areas of health, social services (especially poverty reduction or poverty alleviation projects), and education. Their other areas of interest include human rights and strengthening the charitable sector.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian and development organization fighting global poverty. In over 80 countries, CARE works with the poorest communities to improve basic health and education, enhance rural livelihoods and food security, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, help vulnerable people adapt to climate change and provide life-saving assistance during emergencies. CARE places a special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. To learn more, visit: www.care.ca.
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SOURCE: CARE Canada
For further information: Media interested in speaking with Douglas Stollery or Gillian Barth can contact CARE Canada at the number listed below. Please note, Mr. Stollery will be taking part in a self-financed trip to see the project the Foundation is supporting in Ethiopia on Nov. 18. He will be available for comment while in Ethiopia or upon his return to Canada Dec. 1. ; Marie-Jo Proulx, Communications Manger, CARE Canada, 613.799.7562, [email protected]; To learn more about the many ways to support the Canadians Care campaign, contact: Sylvie Madely, Vice-President of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, CARE Canada, 613.228.5602, [email protected]; Or visit: www.care.ca/canadians