UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

November 18, 2013 13:06 ET

In Wake of Super Typhoon Haiyan, UFCW Canada Donates Over $40,000 to Support Relief Efforts in Philippines

"Desperately-needed" funds intended to help with process of rebuilding in typhoon-ravaged country, says Paul Meinema, UFCW Canada leader

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 18, 2013) - Following the intense devastation inflicted on the Philippines by "super" typhoon Haiyan in early November, the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW Canada) is taking action to support Oxfam Canada's urgent relief effort in the typhoon-ravaged country.

"What the Filipino people need right now are the basics of life - food, clean water, dry shelter, and warm clothes," says Paul Meinema, President of the UFCW Canada National Council. "As such, UFCW Canada's National Council and Local Unions are donating over $40,000 in support of desperately-needed relief efforts in the Philippines."

Super typhoon Haiyan has affected more than 11 million people and, in the wake of the disaster, thousands are feared dead. Tens of thousands of families have lost their homes and are currently suffering due to shortages of necessities. Oxfam's relief effort aims to provide 500,000 people with clean water, food, and assistance in the days and weeks ahead.

"On behalf of UFCW Canada's 250,000 members, our hearts are with all those whose loved ones have been affected by Haiyan, and our sincere condolences go out to those who have lost family and friends to this catastrophic typhoon," says Meinema.

"The destruction and suffering caused by this horrible tragedy requires us to come together as a union to show that our strength lies in helping people in need," says the UFCW Canada leader. "That is why our union is supporting Oxfam's vital work in the Philippines."

In addition to their immediate donation, UFCW Canada's National Council and Local Unions are asking members to send individual donations to Oxfam to help start the process of rebuilding in the Philippines. UFCW Canada members can make a donation today by visiting the union's dedicated URL on Oxfam's website: http://www.oxfam.ca/ufcw.

UFCW Canada is the country's leading private sector union, representing more than a quarter of a million members in various industries across Canada.

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