TORONTO, Oct. 4, 2018 /CNW/ - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $10,000 to survivors of the recent tsunami in Indonesia.
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake set off a devastating wave on Indonesia's central island of Sulawesi on Sept. 28. The official death toll is over 1,300.
"This catastrophe left nearly 200,000 people in urgent need of assistance, about a quarter of them children. We felt compelled to demonstrate the Steelworkers' solidarity in the face of a catastrophe of such magnitude," said Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund and National Director of the United Steelworkers.
This emergency relief will be channelled through Oxfam Canada, focusing on urgent needs in areas that are not the main focus of government recovery efforts.
The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that promotes respect for human rights and contributes to development projects and emergency aid in developing countries, as well as supporting Canadian communities in crisis. United Steelworkers members contribute to the fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases employers make matching contributions.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951; Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, firstname.lastname@example.org
The USW is the largest private sector union in both Canada and North America with more than 225,000 members in Canada and more than 800,000 members continent-wide. The USW is Canada's most diverse union, representing men and women working in every sector of the economy.