$105,000—that’s how much was donated by Manitobans to Canadian Foodgrains Bank on September 9 through CBC Radio Manitoba’s fundraiser for east Africa drought relief.
“We are grateful for this outpouring of generosity, and grateful to CBC Manitoba for making it possible,” says Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
The day of special programming on CBC about needs in that region featured interviews, music, and live reports from a ration meal lunch event sponsored by the Foodgrains Bank, Mennonite Central Committee, and Canadian Lutheran World Relief.
Listeners were encouraged to donate to Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger.
Combined with the matching grant from the Canadian government, over $210,000 was made available to help people affected by the drought in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.
According to Cornelius, the money will go to provide food to people in the region who are in need of assistance.
“This drought is not going away. The Foodgrains Bank is committed to supporting communities now and in the longer-term as they deal with the root causes of hunger,” he says.
The day of special programming was heard on Information Radio, Radio Noon, and Up to Speed at 89.3 FM and 990 AM.
People who would still like to donate to east African drought relief can do so by going to www.foodgrainsbank.ca
--Sept. 13, 2011