August 9, 2006

CAW donates $50,000 to humanitarian relief in Middle East

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Auto Workers union is donating
$50,000 to help with humanitarian relief in the Middle East.

“The humanitarian crisis is getting worse as each day passes in the
Middle East,” said CAW president Buzz Hargrove. “A co-ordinated emergency response is needed to help ease the suffering of the hundreds of thousands displaced in all areas affected by this crisis.”

The CAW’s donation is going to a group of four of Canada’s largest relief agencies called The Humanitarian Coalition. Care Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Quebec and the Save the Children Canada responded to the crisis by forming the coalition.

The coalition’s response is based on meeting the needs of the most
vulnerable with emergency programs providing food, mats and blankets, child protection, powdered milk for children, psycho-social support, medicines and health services.

“Thousands lack access to basic, life preserving services,” said Robert
Fox, executive director of Oxfam Canada. “A coordinated response will save lives and will have a lasting effect on the entire region.”

To donate to The Humanitarian Coalition call 1-800-464-9154 or log onto

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