Mayor Robertson welcomed Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada to Vancouver House today, where they were joined by UNICEF, students, community representatives, and members of the local Haitian community.
Mayor Robertson announced that the City has launched a program to sell up to 3,000 Vancouver 2010 Winter Games street banners, and hopefully raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the earthquake-stricken country of Haiti.
"Vancouver City Council recognizes that medical relief, food and reconstruction supplies are urgently needed and we believe Vancouver residents will be pleased to use this symbol of the 2010 Winter Games to assist the people of Haiti," said the Mayor. "One of the ways that Vancouverites can show how much they care is to purchase 2010 Winter Games banners. They are great mementos that support a good cause."
The relief initiative, a partnership with UNICEF Canada (the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), could potentially raise $400,000 for the organization’s work in Haiti.
For more information on today's announcement, click here.
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