September 15, 2017
Toronto - Unifor, through the Union's Social Justice Fund, has donated $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross for Hurricane Irma aid in the Caribbean.
"This donation by Unifor will reach the most vulnerable people in the Caribbean to help provide desperately needed relief efforts and supplies, which may include items such as shelter, food, and clean water," said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.
Millions of people were left devastated by Hurricane Irma. Unifor's donation will provide direct assistance and emergency relief where it is needed most, in the hardest hit Caribbean countries.
"The Canadian Red Cross wants to thank Unifor for their support towards relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma," said Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. "This generous donation will help assist many families who are in need following this devastating category five hurricane."
"The Unifor Social Justice Fund has a strong partnership with the Canadian Red Cross, providing past relief for disasters including the Alberta fires, New Brunswick ice storms, flood relief in the Atlantic and Quebec, and recently the BC wildfires," said Unifor Director of Human Rights and International Mohamad Alsadi. "In this great time of need we will work together once again to make a difference for the people impacted by Hurricane Irma."
In addition to the Social Justice Fund donation the Canadian Red Cross has also set up a portal for individual Unifor members to donate directly at www.redcross.ca/HurricaneIrma/Unifor. Unifor is also challenging other unions to donate to help the Canadian Red Cross in this humanitarian effort.
The Unifor Social Justice Fund is a registered charity, maintained by contributions from Unifor employers negotiated during collective bargaining, for more information visit unifor.org/sjf.
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Kathleen O'Keefe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-896-3303 (cell).