UJA Federation of Greater Toronto launches emergency relief fund for aid in Peru

    TORONTO, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - UJA Federation of Greater Toronto today
announced the launch of an emergency relief fund for those affected by the
earthquake in Peru.
    Proceeds will be distributed regardless of religion by the American
Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). The JDC is working with other
disaster relief agencies in the regions to assess immediate needs.
    The JDC has a century old history of providing relief to those in need.
It collected $19.6 million for the relief effort following the tsunami in
Southeast Asia in 2004 and $800,000 for the Pakistani earthquake in 2005.
    Over 500 people have been reported killed, and over 17,000 people have
been displaced from the massive earthquake that took place on Wednesday,
August 15, 2007.

    To make a donation go to www.ujadonations.com/Peru

    Donations can be made by phone by calling: 416 631-5705.

    UJA Federation's mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of
Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world through
philanthropic, volunteer and professional leadership.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Howard English, VP Corporate
Communications, UJA Federation, (416) 531-5735 or (416) 274-8461 (cell)

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