News

B.C. donates $500,000 for Japan relief

Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond - Black Press
Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond
— image credit: Black Press

The B.C. government is donating $500,000 to the Red Cross to support its aid efforts in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan March 11.

Public Safety Minister Shirley Bond made the announcement at the Victoria office of the Red Cross today, as rescue efforts continued on behalf of the thousands of people without shelter, food or clothing.

"British Columbia has a history of supporting countries that face catastrophic events and these funds will help provide immediate medical and emergency support for the people of Japan during this terrible tragedy," Bond said. "We are also encouraging all British Columbians to consider reaching out through aid agencies like the Red Cross to provide further help."

Kimberley Nemrava, B.C. director of the Canadian Red Cross, said the donation is the latest of a series to assist its relief efforts. The province also contributed after the tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004, the earthquake in Sichuan, China in 2008 and last year's earthquake in Haiti.

More information on the Red Cross effort and a link for donations can be found here.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

FCANCER AND FAMILIES-Part 2: Family knew little of children’s cancer
 
Victoria terror suspects more ‘disgruntled’ than political: expert
 
Welcome Wagon honours long time businesses
H1N1 flu returns, targets younger people
 
Premier Clark tells Parksville Enbridge pipeline not a B.C. benefit
 
Traffic safety concerns trustees
Wine festival uncorked
 
Cowichan Aquatic Centre scales back programming as weather improves
 
Remembrance Day began as Armistice Day

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.