PROCEEDS TO SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA IN WEST AFRICA
On December 4, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the fundraising dinner marking 10 years of charitable work and disaster relief by Humanity First Canada. All proceeds from the dinner will go towards fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The dinner took place at the Woodbine Banquet and Convention Hall in Toronto. The Prime Minister was joined by Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie.
At the event, the Prime Minister delivered a speech in which he congratulated Humanity First Canada on 10 years of philanthropic endeavours around the world, including disaster relief in Haiti, Pakistan and the Philippines. He also thanked the organization for its fundraising efforts to combat the spread of Ebola in West Africa and highlighted a number of measures Canada is taking to address the outbreak, including the deployment of Canadian troops and medical personnel, the "Join the Fight Against Ebola" recruitment campaign which promotes the recruitment of Canadian healthcare workers through the Canadian Red Cross, and the stellar work being done at home on an effective vaccine.
"It was an honour to join Humanity First Canada in celebrating 10 years of important charitable work around the world. They are a trusted partner and we recognize the important disaster relief work they have done in places like Haiti, Pakistan and the Philippines. I am pleased that they have joined international efforts to fight Ebola and that the proceeds from tonight's dinner will go towards responding to the outbreak in West Africa. Our Government is taking a leadership role in efforts to stop the deadly virus." – Prime Minister Stephen Harper
He further said that "I find it personally very encouraging that this dinner celebrates ten years of charitable work and disaster relief by Humanity First Canada. We are well-aware of your good works. Through our...give them a big hand."
"Through our government's program of matching funds for disaster relief, we have been partners in responding to the devastation caused by several incidents including both the earthquake in Haiti four years ago, and also the floods in Pakistan that followed a year later. And earlier this year, our government assisted Humanity First through the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.
Avec la contribution de notre gouvernement, Humanity First construit 284 maisons et rénové quatre écoles et une garderie dans les Philippines. Je vous félicite. With our government's contribution, Humanity First is building 284 houses, and rehabilitating four schools and one day-care centre in the Philippines, so I congratulate you all for that tremendous work.
Your heavy reliance on the service of volunteers, and I met many tonight, men and women who are often highly qualified in their fields of expertise. This is what makes you such a valuable partner. Put simply, you make our money go a long way. We like that.
I am also delighted to learn that you will be using the proceeds of tonight's dinner to respond to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. We like that too.
So thank you for that, and thank you for having me here this evening, and for all of your contributions to our great country"