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The Disaster Aid Canada February Newsletter is out.

Disaster Aid Canada provides Australian Bushfire Relief
Update on the Bahamas and Hurricane Dorian 
Handmade Dresses and Soccer Uniforms
DAC and Ladysmith Search and Rescue - Emergency Preparedness Hub
Disaster Aid Canada and Disaster Aid International
Information and other Organisation Members

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Disaster Aid Canada Collects $60,000.00 for Australian Bushfire Relief
Gerry Beltgens, Executive Director, Disaster Aid Canada
Disaster Aid Canada (DAC) has received more than $60,000.00 Canadian in donations from across Canada for Australian Bushfire Relief. On Friday, February 7th we made a wire transfer to Rotary Australia World Community Services (RAWCS) at the RBC Branch in Ladysmith. In the photo are Sabrina Morgan, Administration, Sandra Milne, Rotary Club of Ladysmith President,  Frank Elsom, DAC President, Jake Buinewood, DAC Director and Gerry Beltgens, DAC Executive Director.
Puerto Rico Has been hit by a swarm of earthquakes ranging from the 6.4 that did most of the damage on January 7, a 5.9 on January 11 and at least another 44 measuring over 4.00 on the scale. The aftershocks have made it difficult to provide support as bridges and roads are damaged or closed. Shelters are housing around 8,000 people and another 4,000 are in non-traditional shelters. We are working with Rotary Clubs on the Island to address the areas that are not getting the bulk of the international relief. 
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Disaster Aid Canada is supporting Rotary Australia World Community Service. Donations made through Disaster Aid Canada by Canadians are tax deductible and we will be working with Disaster Aid International and Rotary clubs in Australia to ensure help is provided where it is most needed. Several projects have already been established for specific Bushfire areas around Australia. The Australia Rotary District Governors have formed a committee which will decide where the funds are to be distributed. We would typically utilize local Rotary Clubs on the ground in affected areas to identify those families, Individuals and small businesses in most need.
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UPDATE: As of January 13, 2020 we have raised over $40,000.00 for the Bushfire Relief Fund!
Among all of the wonderful donors who have supported the relief efforts in the Bahamas there have also been several major gifts in of $1,000.00 and more from Major Donors. Along with anonymous donations of $2,500.00, $5,000.00 and $10,000.00 there were over a dozen donations of $1,000.00 including the Mark Isfeld Interact Club of Courtney B.C.
Some other donations that stand out are a donation of $2,500.00 from Mr. and Mrs. Graham Cooke of West Vancouver, a donation of $3,000.00 from the Rotary Club of Parksville, a Donation of $7,400.00 from the 4 Rotary Clubs of Richmond B.C. and a donation of $2,200.00 from the Rotary Club of Ladysmith B.C.
I would like to thank all of the people who made such generous donations no matter how large the amount. Your donations have made the lives of the victims of Hurricane Dorian a little more tolerable in a challenging time.
Gerry Beltgens, Executive Director
Disaster Aid Canada
Courtney Interact Club donates $1,000.00 to help with Bahamas Relief
Email provided by School Counsellor Debra Long
I thought I would include the mission statement of our Interact Club.
"The Mark Isfeld Interact Club empowers youth to create change within our local and global communities.  We are dedicate to improving educational opportunities and the well-being of young people.  We put the act in Interact."
Multiple Earthquakes Shake Mindanao - October 21, 2019

A 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake hit the Southern Philippine Island of Mindanao on the evening of the 16th October. Several severe aftershocks and hundreds of smaller shocks have also shaken the island over the following days. The epicenter was between Makilala and Tulunan, North Cotabato. In the surrounding area thousands of families have had to be evacuated from damaged and destroyed homes. Hospitals, schools and other public building have also been severely damaged.
Disaster Aid Australia is providing financial support to our local partner, the Balay Mindanao Peace Foundation as they work to help families whose homes have been lost, or severely damaged. Disaster Aid Canada is in contact with DA Australia to see if we can help.
Donations can be made through Disaster Aid Australia - https://www.disasteraidaustralia.org.au/donate/ and specify Mindanao

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