EDMONTON, AB and DENVER, CO - The PCL family of companies is partnering with the Canadian and American Red Cross to provide $600,000 for disaster relief services in Canada and the United States over the next three years.
Left: Will Loughran, American Red Cross;
Right: Peter Beaupré, PCL
Left: Paul Douglas, PCL;
Right: Sue Phillips, Canadian Red Cross
“We have all seen firsthand how disasters can impact communities,” said Peter Beaupré, president and COO of PCL Construction Enterprises, Inc. “At PCL, we want to proactively help the Red Cross in their efforts to assist whenever and wherever a disaster strikes. We are excited about our growing relationship with the Red Cross across North America.”
The donation will be split into three annual gifts of $100,000 to each of the Red Cross societies. A donation of $100,000 enables the Red Cross to shelter, feed, and care for 150 families for four to five days.
“Many generous donors recognize the need to give once a community has been devastated by disaster—but this is one of the first large donations of its kind to recognize the importance of supporting the Red Cross in all that it must to do before disaster strikes, so that we can be fully ready to respond at a moment’s notice when we are needed most,” said Gino Greco, CEO of the American Red Cross Mile High Region. “This sort of proactive support enables us to meet disaster-affected communities’ needs more quickly, more efficiently, and at a lower cost.”
The donation will enable the two national Red Cross societies to capitalize on the savings that can be achieved by proactively investing in disaster response operations, such as pre-positioning supplies, training disaster response workers, and establishing critical disaster response infrastructure.
“The Canadian Red Cross responds to a disaster every four hours in Canada,” says Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross. “Thanks to the generous support of partners like PCL, the Red Cross has the capacity to continue providing relief, support, and hope to families affected by disaster.”
Events marking the donation were held simultaneously in Denver and Edmonton.
The PCL family of companies is a group of independent construction companies which carry out diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $5 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in the United States. Major offices are strategically located in 25 major North American centers to support work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Australia. The company’s North American Headquarters is located in Edmonton, Alberta with the US Head Office located in Denver, Colorado. Watch us build at www.pcl.com
ABOUT THE CANADIAN RED CROSS
The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and over 186 national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
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