Oakville encourages residents to provide support to earthquake relief for Haitian communities

Thursday, January 14, 2010 – for immediate release

Oakville encourages residents to provide support to earthquake relief for Haitian communities

January 14, 2010 – For Immediate Release
The Town of Oakville is sending condolences to the people of Haiti who were struck by a devastating earthquake on Tuesday and is encouraging Oakville residents to provide support to relief effort organizations.

“On behalf of Town Council, I extend deepest condolences and sympathies to all Oakville residents who have family and friends in the areas devastated by this week’s earthquake in Haiti. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this terrible natural disaster,” said Mayor Rob Burton.

Oakville residents wishing to contribute to relief efforts can donate money to established relief organizations that can respond immediately to the crisis. Well-known Canadian organizations already involved and working in Haiti include:

Canadian Red Cross
World Vision
Unicef
Plan Canada
Doctors Without Borders
Humanitarian Coalition (made up of Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec, CARE Canada and Save the Children Canada)

Information on how to donate money can be found on their websites. More detailed information about the relief effort can be found on the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website.

Early reports indicate extensive infrastructure damage and concern about large numbers of killed and injured persons. The Red Cross reported that more than three million people could be affected by the quake and that the damage is catastrophic. The 7.0 earthquake occurred as Haiti was still struggling to recover from devastating hurricanes in 2008.

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For more information:
Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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