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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Eat for Earthquake Relief

The City of Guelph has a large Italian-Canadian community, so it should come as no surprise that our fair berg should feel deeply affected by the devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy this past Monday.

Recovery contributions and fundraising efforts have been underway since Monday. So far, 287 people are known to have been killed by the quake, with another 20,000 people left homeless.

The Guelph Mercury ran a piece about the impact of the news on the quake for people living here in Guelph. Now, I've received this press release from out Member of Parliament about an event this Saturday. Please read below.

April 9, 2009
For Immediate Release

Frank Valeriote Voices Support for Local Earthquake Relief Efforts:

The Italian Canadian Club of Guelph’s efforts to raise relief money for those affected by the earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy are critical and timely, said Frank Valeriote, Member of Parliament for Guelph.

“This earthquake has caused the deaths of hundreds of people and left tens of thousands without shelter. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Italy, and with the families and loved ones of those affected in Italy and in Canada. People, who are understandably afraid to return to their homes while aftershocks continue, require immediate help. I encourage all people of Guelph to come to Italian Club between 11am and 5pm to participate in this worthwhile effort,” said Valeriote.

On Saturday April 11, the Italian Canadian Club of Guelph will be hosting an all day pasta buffet fundraiser between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. All proceeds will be directed to the relief of those suffering in L’Aquila.

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