By Canada Relief Team (Originally in English)
The wildfire broke out on May 1, 2016, in Fort McMurray and ravaged almost 590,000 hectares across northern Alberta, Canada, resulting in the evacuation of approximately 94,000 citizens and destroying or damaging over 2,400 homes and buildings. It is reported to be the costliest disaster in Canadian history.
To support emergency aid, Supreme Master Ching Hai kindly contributed CAD 10,875.37 (US$7,854.18). In response to Master’s instructions to assist those in need, a team of five of our Association members from the Edmonton, Alberta Center and the Vancouver, British Columbia Center went to several evacuation centers in Lac La Biche, Edmonton, and Calgary, Alberta to find out the immediate requirements of those affected.
Located in the small rural community of Lac La Biche, the Bold Center was the first, the largest and the closest evacuation center to the disaster area, and was established right after the governmental mandatory evacuation order. The center had a very limited capacity to facilitate the great number of evacuees, which dramatically increased on a daily basis during the first three weeks after the wildfires.
Upon learning that daily necessities were in high demand at Bold Center, our team delivered various vegan food items, hygiene products and clothing on May 11. Four days later, the Bold Center contacted us for further support; therefore, we brought more supplies such as vegan soup, pasta, paper towels and can openers on May 18.
We hope our assistance and the generous contributions of many Canadians have helped the affected people get through this most difficult time to be able to resume their normal lives soon.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Wildfire Relief Work in Alberta, Canada
|Food (spaghetti, lasagna, vermicelli, tagliatelle, peanut butter, coffee, tea, cereal, ketchup, soup, pasta, tomato sauce, pasta sauce and mixed peppers), supplies (cutlery, LED flashlights, plates, can openers, bath towels, toilet paper, paper towels, wash cloths, pillows, dish soap and laundry soap), clothing items (socks and undergarments) and transportation (vehicle rental and gas)||10,875.37||A|
|Total|| CAD 10,875.37