Contact Info

Kiwanis Foundation of Canada
P.O. Box 5034
Brantford, Ontario
N3T 6J7

T: 519.304.3038

office@kfcdn.org

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Caribbean Relief Fund

In the past several weeks, the islands of the Caribbean have been rocked by the "1-2 punches" of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. I am told that for many islands what the ferocious winds did not knock down the unrelenting rains drowned. Kiwanians in the Caribbean have not been spared the devastation wrought by the wrath of Mother Nature. And those who were unscathed are deeply involved in the relief efforts.
Canadian Kiwanians are anxious to help.

At the instigation of the EC&C leadership, the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada has formed an ad hoc committee to direct a fundraising initiative in support of the relief effort. Funds raised will be used to purchase and deliver relief supplies and building materials. Negotiations are underway to purchase the supplies at cost with reduced or free delivery. The Foundation has generously pledged to match donated funds - $1 for every $2 donated, to a total of $50,000. It is hoped that together we can raise $150,000.

Please consider making donations, as individuals and clubs to the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada (PO Box 5034, Brantford, ON N3T 6J7), designated for hurricane relief. The campaign will end January 31, 2018.

 

Background

The islands of Dominica (1 club), Guadeloupe (8 clubs), Barbuda and St. Martin took direct heads. Other nearby islands suffered extensive collateral damage.
The situation on Dominica is particularly bleak. The port is not yet fully operational however some relief supplies are trickling in. What schools remain are being used for emergency housing. Electricity is not expected to be restored for six months. There are major demands for drinking water, canned foods and other essentials of life, rice, sugar, candles, flash lights, batteries, tarpaulins, peas and beans, cleaning supplies. The list of items desperately needed seems endless. Kiwanians from Martinique are 30 minutes away by boat and hope to be involved in the relief effort.

Sixteen hundred residents from Barbuda have been evacuated to Antigua where they are being cared for by the government with the assistance of local Kiwanians.
Canadian Kiwanians are anxious to help. At the instigation of the EC&C leadership, the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada has formed an ad hoc committee to direct a fundraising initiative in support of the relief effort. Funds raised will be used to purchase and deliver relief supplies and building materials. Negotiations are underway to purchase the supplies at cost with reduced or free delivery. The Foundation has generously pledged to match donated funds - $1 for every $2 donated, to a total of $50,000. It is hoped that together we can raise $150,000.

Kiwanians deliver a message of hope wherever they go. Please join me in delivering that message of hope to the Caribbean.

John R. Button
Chairman
Ad Hoc Committee for  Hurricane Relief
Jim Scott
President
Kiwanis Foundation of Canada

 
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