September 16th deadline nears for matching donations to east Africa

Canadians were urged Wednesday to make "one last push" and give to East Africa famine relief before the federal government's offer to match donations expires on Friday.  CBC News

September 14, 2011

Excerpt from: East Africa famine fund deadline nears by Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News

Canadians were urged Wednesday to make "one last push" and give to East Africa famine relief before the federal government's offer to match donations expires on Friday.

International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda and representatives from the Humanitarian Coalition made the appeal for donations at a news conference on Parliament Hill. They said more than 13 million people are being affected by the ongoing drought and famine in the Horn of Africa with lives being lost every day, people scrambling to survive by fleeing their homes in search of food and seeking help in overcrowded refugee camps.

Robert Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada, said the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and its neighbouring countries grew more acute over the summer and that aid agencies working in the refugee camps providing food, water, education, health services and other assistance want to scale up their efforts and save even more lives.

His group and the other four aid agencies that make up the Humanitarian Coalition have raised more than $10 million from Canadians. Fox congratulated Canadians for their genorosity and asked them to keep giving.

"For those of you who have donated, we thank you for your contribution. For those of you who have not, we encourage you to make that contribution and even some of you who have donated, we encourage you to think yet again whether you can give us more, given the severity of the situation,” he said.

Fox urged people to give before Friday so that donations can be maximized by the federal government's matching program.

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