Helping the world's hot spots: Canada's major banks to collect for international disaster relief

    "We need to respond now and be ready for the next disaster that strikes."

    OTTAWA, Sept. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Red Cross, with the support
of Canada's major banks, is today launching a nation-wide appeal to support
international disaster relief for the more than 235 million people worldwide
affected by recent fires, flooding, earthquake and a category five hurricane.
All of these disasters have struck in only the last two months, leaving
millions of people - in fact, more than seven times the population of Canada -
in urgent need of assistance.
    "With the widespread devastation in many countries around the world, the
need for shelter, medical care and clean water is very high," says Paul
Wharram, Interim Secretary General of the Canadian Red Cross. Red Cross has
dispersed hundreds of thousands of dollars to quickly provide financial
assistance to Red Cross Societies helping people in China, Bangladesh, Peru,
Jamaica and other disaster-impacted countries.
    Adds Wharram: "We need to respond now and be ready for the next disaster
that strikes. Red Cross is grateful to Canada's major banks for helping with
this urgent appeal."
    Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross
office. Beginning September 4, 2007, Canadians may also make a financial
donation at the following banks:

    Bank of Montreal
    Canadian Western Bank
    HSBC Bank Canada
    Laurentian Bank of Canada
    National Bank of Canada
    RBC Financial Group
    TD Canada Trust

    The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red
Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and
185 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada
and around the world. Funds raised through this appeal will support Red Cross
relief and recovery work going on around the world right now. Any money not
required for relief and recovery in the current disaster-impacted countries
will be transferred to the Canadian Red Cross International Disaster Relief
Fund, to be used when the next disaster strikes.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Canadian Red Cross, Media relations line, (613) 740-1994

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