Canada Strong: Fund for Canadians killed in Flight 752
It has been nearly a week now and we are still stunned in disbelief, shock and sorrow over this tragic loss of Canadian lives. 57 Canadians were killed in what is apparently an error, a missile shot down an airplane taking off from Tehran airport, filled with many Canadians flying home.
Our Iranian community is strong. But even the strong need help in times of tragic loss. Families of the victims will likely have significant costs traveling to Iran to claim the remains of their loved ones, grief counseling, and support.
What does Canada do next? Our flags hang at half-mast. We hold vigils. We hug our Iranian community. We walk through pain together. There will be a fight for justice, but this will likely take years of inter-government negotiations.
For those wanting to show support through donations, there is the Canada Strong fund.
Canada Strong fund replicates the Toronto Strong fund that raised money for the victims of Toronto’s van attack and Danforth shooting in 2018.
It’s very important donors understand what donations will go towards. For the Canada Strong fund, it clearly states “All donations will be granted to those affected.”
Toronto businessman, Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods will personally cover any administrative costs so that all donations go directly to the family of victims.
It will be administered by Toronto Community Foundation, although will be national in scope. Lawyers from Dentons Canada will provide oversight. Hopefully auditors too.
To donate online to Canada Strong fund.
Regionally, there is also a gofundme honouring the 27 Edmonton students lost. Money will pay for a funeral in Edmonton, a permanent memorial and any excess funds will fund scholarships to university students.
Other gofundme pages are apparently being blocked for containing the word "Iran" that triggers automatic shut downs.
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