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Hurricane Matthew Relief & Reconstruction for Cuba Campaign Print E-mail

December 31, 2016

Dear friends,

I am happy to report that the spirit, in which the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) representing groups in different parts of Canada has responded to attacks on Cuba by such hurricanes as Ivan (2004), Dennis (2005), Katrina (2005), Wilma (2005), Gustave (2008), Ike (2008) and Sandy (2012), is alive and well and is manifested in the beginnings of our response to the destruction caused in Cuba by Hurricane Matthew (Oct. 5, 2016).

The naming of these villainous hurricanes reminds us of how frequently Cuba has been victimized by disruptive acts of nature.  Scenes of the resulting destruction will have been replayed in our minds of the immediate reaction big men crying in the face of the desolation; but we also remember the relief of knowing that very few, if any, fatalities have fallen to these monsters of nature.  And then we could admire the cooperativeness, the solidarity that had gone into the planning and the execution of measures of defense against these hurricanes.

In addition, we could be inspired by Cuba’s generosity to other peoples as the island shared its scientific knowledge and its slim, embargoed material resources with other peoples.  In this case, for example, we can remember how we launched a vigorous campaign to help Cuba help Haiti recover from the horrific earthquake of January 12, 2010.  And in the case of this latest hurricane, Matthew, we noticed how, on the day after the hurricane struck both Cuba and Haiti, Cuba’s help was on its way to devastated Haiti as it had been ready to go, though refused, to New Orleans when poor people of that city were left by their government to die.

The frequency and extent of these attacks by nature on Cuba have meant that, despite the conscientious, efficient and honest response to the challenges, the material wounds are never fully healed.  There is always room for our help.  Our campaigns, scrupulously managed, with every collected penny going to a special fund established by the government of Cuba, are an always needed effort that we cannot allow to flag.  No fees or incidental expenses of any sort are ever deducted.

Please, then, keep thinking of ways in which we can continue to help the heroic people of Cuba to shake off the setbacks caused by hurricane Matthew.  So far, we have raised some $27,000.  Make the fundraising events be as open and cheerful as possible.

¡Hasta la victoria siempre!

You can donate via the CCFA Toronto by cash or cheque.  Cheques should be made payable to:

Canadian Network write “Cuba Hurricane Relief” on the memo line, to CNC,

Mail to:

Att: Sharon Skup, Treasurer
56 Riverwood Terrace
Bolton ON  L7E 1S4

Unfortunately we are unable to provide tax receipts.

Un abrazo,
Keith Ellis
Hurricane Matthew Relief Campaign

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