World Vision staff and MPs to distribute lunch bags in Ottawa on
OTTAWA, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - World Vision Canada is urging Canadians
to "brown-bag" their lunch this week and donate their lunch money to
help millions of people facing a food crisis in West Africa.
"The Government of Canada's donation matching program for West African
relief is set to expire this Sunday," says World Vision Canada president and CEO Dave Toycen. "Donating our lunch money is a small gesture for most Canadians, but
together, these donations can make a big difference to millions of
people facing severe malnutrition in the Sahel region of West Africa."
World Vision staff will be in Ottawa on Wednesday, September 26th to greet morning commuters and distribute lunch bags at locations in
the downtown core. They'll be encouraging Ottawa residents to pack a
lunch and donate what they would have spent dining out to help provide
food, water, shelter and medical care to families in West Africa.
Members of Parliament from the Conservative, Liberal and New Democrat
caucuses will be joining World Vision staff over the lunch hour to
distribute lunch bags on the Sparks Street Mall, which has graciously
agreed to host the event.
More than 18.7 million people, including four million children, in seven
West African countries are at risk of severe malnutrition as a result
of the current food crisis in the region. Erratic rainfall, poor
harvests from 2011, rising global food prices and political instability
in some countries have all combined to create the third major food
crisis to hit West Africa in the past ten years. World Vision is
providing immediate humanitarian relief in Chad, Mali, Mauritania,
Senegal and Niger and working with communities in those countries to
help them become better prepared to deal with future food crises.
"We're asking Canadians to donate the cost of one meal to help children
and their families in West Africa," Toycen says. "By making that
donation before Sunday midnight, the government's matching program
means the life-saving impact will be doubled."
For information about the donation matching program, click here.
There are two ways Canadians can help children and their families in
They can make a donation to World Vision's West Africa appeal to support
emergency relief efforts.
Donors interested in supporting World Vision's long-term development
projects can consider sponsoring a child.
To make a donation or sponsor a child, please visit worldvision.ca or
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Click here to view a message from Dave Toycen, president, World Vision Canada.
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. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca
SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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