CAW Urges Support for Famine Relief Effort

August 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza is urging CAW local unions, members and staff to make a contribution to the East Africa famine relief effort.

Oxfam Canada is working with the labour movement to raise much needed funds to supply food, shelter and water sanitation support for the region. The CAW Social Justice Fund has already donated $25,000 to Oxfam's efforts.

Oxfam has set up an online portal for CAW members who want to make a donation: Any donation will be matched by the federal government until September 16.  

Oxfam Canada is part of the Humanitarian Coalition, a Canadian network of non-governmental organizations providing help in a time of crisis.

In an August 5 letter to CAW local unions and staff, Lewenza wrote:

"To date, aid workers have lamented the slow pace of international donations, with need far, far outpacing basic supplies. The United Nations now estimates that the total number of people in need could rise by 25 per cent and surpass 15 million people if aid efforts are not dramatically increased..
Your generosity can make a huge difference in the lives of the people of East Africa."

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