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Steelworkers Humanity Fund Contributes $8,000 to Sierra Leone Mudslide Relief Efforts

TORONTO - The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is contributing $8,000 to assist hillside communities in the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone, impacted by severe mudslides.

"Mudslides have taken the lives of hundreds of people. In addition to the loss of life, many already poor families have lost everything. This calamity has received limited press coverage in Canada, but we felt we had to respond," said Ken Neumann, President of the Steelworkers Humanity Fund and National Director of the United Steelworkers.

The aid will be channeled through Oxfam Canada, which is providing clean water and hygiene kits to survivors.

The Steelworkers Humanity Fund is a registered charitable organization that promotes respect for human rights and contributes to development projects and emergency aid in developing countries, as well as supporting Canadian communities in crisis. United Steelworkers members contribute to the Fund through clauses negotiated into collective agreements. In some cases employers make matching contributions.

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For further information:

Ken Neumann, President, Steelworkers Humanity Fund, 416-544-5951
Bob Gallagher, USW Communications, 416-544-5966, 416-434-2221, bgallagher@usw.ca

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