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 ...

Coaching vet pens baseball tome
 
Family Day boasts flurry of fun across Capital Region
 
B.C. lawyers vote to overturn Trinity Western law school recognition
CANCER & FAMILIES-Part 3 – Family focus brought to cancer care
 
Shovel in the dirt closer
 
Exchange enhances friendships
ELECTION 2014: ‘Future voters’ grill candidates
 
RDN wary of tower, smart meters
 
Have a safe and happy Halloween in Parksville Qualicum Beach!

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

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

Oct 29 edition online now. Browse the archives.