Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Canadian Red Cross will have $58,440 added to the B.C. Wildfire Appeal thanks to a generous donation from Vancouver Island Co-ops and Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) in Saskatoon.
“We are committed to supporting the communities where we do business and causes that matter to our member-owners. In light of the recent wildfires throughout the province, we are honoured to support the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Red Cross,” said Dave Hoy, Chair of the Vancouver Island Co-op Management Group and CEO/General Manager of Peninsula Co-op.
“The unity between the Vancouver Island Co-ops, at a time of great need in our province, has been remarkable,” said Hoy. “Contributing locations include Peninsula Co-op, Mid-Island, Port Alberni, Comox, Tofino, Ucluelet, North Island, Hornby and Sointula. Many of our member-owners, customers and staff have close friends and family affected by the fires, and we feel that this donation is simply the right thing to do.”
“Federated Co-op has a donation-matching plan in place to work with local Co-ops and their fundraising efforts,” said Dave Dyck, Associate Vice-President Calgary Region with FCL. “We will be matching the Vancouver Island Co-ops’ donation, bringing the total value of this donation to $58,440. All funds will be allocated directly to the B.C. wildfire efforts. In addition, Federated Co-op recently donated $1 million over five years to the Canadian Red Cross in support of their Disaster Management Program across Western Canada.”
The Canadian Red Cross helps vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world affected by emergencies and disasters — situations ranging from individual house fires to floods that disrupt entire regions.
Following a disaster in Canada, Red Cross workers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs, including shelter, family reunification assistance, finding support, first aid, information, clothing and food. They work in partnership with first responders, emergency managers and public officials to support their response activities.