The Calgary Flames Foundation is pleased to distribute the proceeds from the March 7th 50/50 jackpot to three charitable organizations providing relief efforts for the people of Ukraine. UNICEF Canada, Canadian Red Cross and Immigrant Services Calgary will each receive a donation of $100,000 toward their important work to assist those suffering in Ukraine as well as new nationals arriving from the Ukraine to Calgary.
“The Calgary Flames Foundation and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment family pledge our support to the people of Ukraine,” said Calgary Flames Foundation Chairman Jeff McCaig. “We stand steadfast with Ukraine and its people, both in Ukraine and globally, including Ukrainian Canadians. With today’s contribution to three critical services, we hope to strengthen their ability to respond to this crisis. These services are urgently needed as the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, posing an immediate threat to the lives and well-being of the country’s people.”
UNICEF Canada is supporting UNICEF’s humanitarian efforts for children and families in Ukraine. UNICEF is working day and night to provide access to basic services like safe water and sanitation in communities under siege, providing healthcare and delivering medical supplies for hospitals, and working to ensure that there is immediate help for children and families in need. To protect and support the millions who have fled Ukraine, UNICEF and its partners have created “Blue Dots,” one-stop safe spaces for children and women. ‘Blue Dots’ provide key information to traveling families, help to identify unaccompanied and separated children and ensure their protection.
Canadian Red Cross has deployed humanitarian aid workers into the region to help provide urgent assistance to people who fled their homes. Funds contributed to date are being used to provide neutral and impartial emergency assistance in the region such as vital medical supplies, food, water, clothing, shelter, hygiene items, heating fuel, psychosocial support, and other urgent items to help those in need.
Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC) is working with the government and community partners on placement of Ukrainian nationals in Calgary. ISC requires support for the human and financial resources required to support these efforts. This includes putting in place an extensive network of resources for nationals including social services and critical need agencies and contacts.
The Calgary Flames Foundation strives to improve the lives of southern Albertans through support of health and wellness, education and grassroots sports. Since inception the Calgary Flames Foundation has donated over $50 million to southern Alberta charities. For more information visit www.calgaryflamesfoundation.com