Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

January 25, 2008 14:33 ET

Media Advisory/Interview Opportunity: Canadian Aid Workers Respond to Massive Flooding in Southern Africa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 25, 2007) - The Canadian Red Cross is ramping up its response to widespread flooding in Southern Africa that has left tens of thousands homeless across six countries. Two Canadian aid workers will be deployed to respond to the massive humanitarian needs in affected communities.

As part of the Government of Canada's Rapid Response Project that deploys trained humanitarians and/or supplies to areas affected by natural disasters, Canadian Red Cross delegate Dr. Sandra Allaire will be deployed to Zambia. In addition, the Canadian Red Cross is also deploying delegate Colin MacKay to join the relief efforts.

Departing delegates:

Dr. Sandra Allaire, health delegate, Zambia

Over the past 17 years, this health specialist from Calgary, Alberta has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Dr. Allaire has responded to conflicts and disasters in Indonesia, Sudan, North Korea, Iraq, the Baltic Republics, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Russia, the Palestinian territories and Turkey. She will depart from Johannesburg on Friday evening to Zambia.

Colin MacKay, relief delegate, Southern Africa

Ottawa-based aid worker Colin McKay has spent the last decade working with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement as an international relief and development worker. To date, he has completed ten Red Cross missions across Africa, the Balkans and Asia. MacKay currently works as an emergency response program manager with the Canadian Red Cross. He departs Saturday afternoon for Southern Africa where he will support emergency response efforts in affected communities.

The need in Southern Africa

Severe flooding across Southern Africa has left tens of thousands of people homeless across six countries. The worst affected country is Mozambique, where a state of emergency has been declared and at least 55,000 people have been evacuated from their homes. Heavy rains have also wreaked havoc across Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

How can Canadians help?

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation 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 "Southern Africa Floods" and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2. Donations of goods are not accepted.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 186 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to arrange an interview:
    Canadian Red Cross
    Media Line
    613-740-1994