Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

January 04, 2008 13:05 ET

Media Advisory/Interview Opportunity: Canadian Aid Worker Supporting Red Cross Humanitarian Action in Kenya

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 4, 2008) - Canadian aid worker Bernard Barrett, currently in Nairobi supporting the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) response to the humanitarian crisis in Kenya is available for media interviews from the field.

With previous experience on ICRC missions in both Rwanda and Sudan, Barrett is no stranger to conflict-affected areas in Africa. Over the past nine years he has been deployed on over 10 Red Cross missions around the world. Barrett, a bilingual public relations consultant from the Ottawa area also has over 20 years of experience in broadcasting.

In response to the current violence in Kenya, the ICRC is increasing its support to the Kenya Red Cross Society by dispatching food, household items, and water and sanitation equipment to cover the basic needs of at least 100,000 people displaced by the ongoing violence for several weeks. Those supplies will be available in the coming days for distribution by the Kenya Red Cross. The ICRC will also support Kenya Red Cross efforts to trace missing persons and restore links between people who have been separated from their loved ones.

Canadians wishing to help may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked "Kenya Crisis" and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

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