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CARE Canada Emergency Team Receives Gift of $750,000: Largest Donation in Canadian Organization’s History

(OTTAWA) CARE Canada is thrilled to announce it has received a gift of $750,000 towards its international humanitarian and emergency response efforts.

This is the largest private donation ever received by CARE Canada.

“We are very confident in the high calibre of CARE’s humanitarian work and we deeply appreciate how committed CARE staff are in the countries that the organization serves. Our thoughts go out to the staff of CARE who overcome challenging situations every day and work tirelessly to help when disaster occurs,” said the donor, who wished to remain private.

The gift comes at a critical moment as CARE works to respond to multiple humanitarian crises and emergencies worldwide. From aiding survivors of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and Cuba, to helping displaced people in Iraq or Syria, to being prepared for future disasters, CARE Canada’s team is active worldwide.

The funds will go towards CARE Canada’s Emergency Response Fund and rapid response team, which allow the agency to be able to quickly respond when disaster strikes.

CARE’s rapid emergency response team, is a group of experienced, humanitarian professionals able to immediately deploy to a crisis and support local teams in response efforts. CARE Canada is one of only a few organizations in Canada with such capacity. It hopes to use the funds to continue to grow this team over the coming years.

“It is within the first few hours after a disaster that we need to be ready to help. I can say without a doubt this substantial gift will truly save lives as it will allow CARE to better prepare for and respond to emergencies worldwide,” said Gillian Barth, president and CEO of CARE Canada. “Amidst this time of unprecedented humanitarian crises it is so uplifting to know that we can count on Canadians to demonstrate this level of generosity and trust in CARE’s ability to help.”

The donors have supported CARE Canada for the past decade, with a total of $1.5 million towards CARE’s efforts to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice.

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To arrange an interview to discuss CARE’s emergency efforts, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613.790.2134

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