MONTREAL, May 11, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The CIM community is rallying to support relief efforts for those affected by the disastrous wild fires that are ravaging areas in and around Fort McMurray. To date, pledges for contributions from CIM and its constituent Societies are in excess of $65,000. This number is expected to grow as appeals go out to all CIM Societies and Branches. Donations will be made through the Red Cross in Alberta.
"The Canadian mining community is a close-knit one with a very big heart and it is so inspiring to see this spirit of compassion and camaraderie in action," said CIM executive director Jean Vavrek, who went on to applaud the efforts of other organizations, including the Mining Association of Canada's (MAC) $50,000 contribution to the Alberta Red Cross announced late last week.
"We are a resilient community and it is in times like this that we need to pull together," added CIM president Michael Winship. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of those impacted by this tragedy."
CIM would also like to encourage its members to contribute what they are able to this important initiative. For those wishing to make financial donations the Red Cross in Alberta has launched the Alberta Fires Appeal: www.redcross.ca/albertafires.
SOURCE Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
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