To rally support for the thousands of people devastated by the earthquake in Morocco and floods in Libya, Islamic Relief Canada is hosting a fundraising event in London, Ontario.
This will take place on Friday at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. The national charity is hosting a number of different events across the country to boost its North Africa relief efforts and emergency response teams.
The fundraisers come as the catastrophic events, which occurred within days of each other, have left more than 11,300 people dead, with thousands still missing.
A few hours after each disaster, Islamic Relief Canada launched an emergency appeal for Morocco and Libya. Teams have been dispatched to affected areas, working closely with local partners to provide a*sistance including food, emergency shelter, and essential items such as mattresses and blankets.
“On the ground, we hear the most difficult stories,” Yasmin Alameddin, regional fundraising manager for Islamic Relief Canada, told PKBNEWS. “Entire neighborhoods have been swept away, people are displaced and don’t know what to do, entire generations, families and telecommunications have been trapped… It’s extremely heartbreaking. »
Returning from Turkey after the earthquake earlier this year, she said first-hand: “It’s not something easy to see, let alone experience.”
“In addition to physical help, people will need a lot of psychological support,” Alameddin said, adding that monetary help is what is most needed.
“We have the capacity to be on the ground and we see what is needed. Thus, in Morocco, blankets, food and mattresses are currently in serious shortage. But tomorrow it might be medicine, and then after that it might be shelter, so we have to be able to act very quickly to meet current needs. And this cannot be done without your help,” she said.
A similar fundraising event took place Thursday in Windsor, Ontario, and raised more than $100,000, according to Alameddin.
“I hope that today [Friday] in London, we will be able to make a huge impact, if not more,” she said.
Saimah Sarwar, regional fundraising specialist at Islamic Relief Canada, added that they “hope this event will help raise awareness and help those in dire need.”
The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. More information about online donations can also be found on their website.
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