The Vancouver Canucks and the Canucks for Kids Fund have announced that they have made a $100,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help aid the people affected by the forest fires that devastated Fort McMurray since May 3.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the families and individuals impacted by the extraordinary wildfires of Fort McMurray,” said Paolo Aquilini, President of the Canucks for Kids Fund, in a statement. “We admire the resolve and courage demonstrated by the people of Fort McMurray and have been inspired by the outpouring of support from individuals and companies during this unprecedented disaster. The need for help remains strong and we encourage everyone to continue to support Fort McMurray and the thousands of evacuees as they deal with the challenges today and in the future.”
The donation matches the contributions by the Flames and Oilers earlier this month.
The Canucks are no strangers to charitable efforts like this. The Canucks have had a strong presence in the community for many years, while the Canucks for Kids Fund has granted over $50 million to charities in BC over the last 30 years.
More than 700 employees and volunteers of the Red Cross have been working in accommodation centres to meet basic needs, and in call centres to register victims.
More information on the relief efforts from the Canucks media release:
As of May 13, more than half of the $50 million offered by the Canadian Red Cross to help people affected by the Alberta wildfires has already reached thousands of families in need of basic items. In 24 hours, the Red Cross successfully provided more than $30 million in immediate financial assistance to 64,000 people by an electronic transfer of funds. The ongoing electronic transfers represent the largest and fastest distribution of immediate financial assistance to people in Canadian Red Cross history. The Canadian Red Cross is continuing to reach all registered evacuees, ensuring no one is left without assistance and is committed to helping people and communities rebuild and recover from this disaster.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit the Canadian Red Cross website.