As many of you may be aware, there is a growing refugee crisis developing in the Middle East and Europe. Since the start of this year, it is estimated that more than 350,000 refugees and migrants have entered Europe to escape war and hunger in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, among others. Some have travelled weeks to reach safety and others have been turned away. Some have died while attempting the journey.
It’s with those troubling details in mind that the Toronto District School Board is asking students, staff and school communities to help support the tdsbCARES: Refugee Crisis Appeal.
As we did after the earthquake in Nepal, we will be supporting the Canadian Red Cross in their relief efforts. Together with their Red Cross Movement partners, the organization already has teams on the ground in the Middle East and Europe providing assistance to those in need.
To contribute online, visit the TDSB website at www.tdsb.on.ca. In addition, cash donations may be dropped off or cheques mailed to Business Services Department, TDSB, 5050 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2N 5N8. Cheques should be made payable to “Red Cross – Refugee Crisis Appeal”. For all donations in excess of $20, made either online or by cheque, tax receipts will be issued by the Canadian Red Cross. All cash funds will be collected by PACE Credit Union, counted and sent to the Canadian Red Cross.
The tdsbCARES: Refugee Crisis Appeal campaign will run until Friday, December 11. The federal government has announced that they will match all eligible donations (up to $100 million) made between September 2 and December 31.
To contribute online, students, staff, parents and school communities can visit the TDSB website at www.tdsb.on.ca.