For immediate release
Ottawa, April 21, 2016 - The Canadian Red Cross is pleased to announce that 10 banks in Canada will be accepting cash donations from the public in support of Red Cross efforts to assist individuals and communities affected by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the coast of Ecuador, on April 16.
“The earthquake resulted in significant damage and extensive humanitarian need,” says Conrad Sauvé, president and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “Thanks to participating banks, Canadians will have another method to donate to support Red Cross activities in response to this emergency.”
So far, the earthquake has claimed hundreds of lives and thousands have been injured. The Red Cross response to this disaster was immediate. Hundreds of volunteers from the Ecuadorian Red Cross are working around the clock, providing first aid, psychosocial support, supporting search and rescue efforts and conducting rapid assessments to identify the need for additional aid. At this time, emergency relief including shelter, water and healthcare have been identified as priority needs.
The following banks are accepting financial donations in branches across Canada from April 21 to May 21:
- BMO Financial Group
- Canadian Western Bank
- HSBC Bank Canada
- Laurentian Bank of Canada
- National Bank
- Tangerine Bank - starting April 27, donations can be made online directly from client accounts
- TD Canada Trust
Canadians wishing to support our efforts can also make a financial donation to the Ecuador Earthquake Appeal online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.
Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster. As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 190 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
For more information, contact:
Canadian Red Cross media line: 1-877-599-9602
Quebec media can call: 1-888-418-9111