Karygiannis answers Community call to help Katrina Victims

Thursday 1st September 2005.

OTTAWA - The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, announced today that he will be convening a round-table of community leaders to co-ordinate their relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“My prayers, along with those of my family, are with the folks who are affected. My office has received numerous calls about starting a local relief effort to assist those devastated by Katrina.” said Mr. Karygiannis.

This is not the first time this year that Mr. Karygiannis has responded to calls from the community - he visited Sri Lanka after the tsunami and Guyana after the devastating floods.

“The people of Scarborough-Agincourt come from every corner of the world. When disaster happens anywhere in the world, it directly affects someone in Scarborough-Agincourt.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “Again, my constituents are opening their hearts to help those who have been affected by Katrina.”

Mr. Karygiannis has been in contact with the United States Embassy in Ottawa and the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto.

The round-table of community business leaders, ethnic leaders, religious leaders and other stakeholders is being organized for Wednesday, September 7th, 2005. A representative from the Consulate General will be attending the round-table to give participants an overview of the situation, as well as guidelines for the help needed.

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