CALGARY, AB -- The Flames Foundation for Life, the Calgary Flames charitable arm, has donated $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts in Nepal. On April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, resulting in widespread damage and humanitarian need. The impact was felt nationwide and as far as India, Pakistan, Tibet and Bangladesh.
The Red Cross has been responding from the onset of the disaster with staff and volunteers working around the clock supporting search and rescue efforts, providing first aid, carrying out assessments and assisting at evacuation centres and on the streets. Red Cross teams are also working with authorities to reach towns and villages closer to the epicentre of the quake (between Kathmandu and Pokhara), and across the more than 30 districts affected – including many remote villages and communities. Funds directed to the Canadian Red Cross will help support these ongoing relief efforts in addition to a mobile field hospital that will support the Nepal Red Cross and local health authorities in meeting the needs in affected communities. The mobile field hospital can cover the health needs of a population of up to 50,000 people, treat up to 200 people per day as out-patients, provide immunization for 1,000 children if needed, and will include an operating room to assist with complicated deliveries.
The Red Cross is the largest disaster relief organization in the world. When a disaster is too severe for the local support systems to respond, the global Red Cross response is initiated quickly. The Canadian Red Cross will be working as part of the global Red Cross response to this emergency.
The Flames Foundation for Life is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames hockey club which supports health and wellness, education and grassroots and amateur sports programs. The Flames Foundation for Life has supported the Canadian Red Cross in the past with relief efforts after natural disasters in the Philippines, Haiti, Japan and a $1 million donation after the Southern Alberta floods in June 2013.