The United Church is welcoming donations for Nepal Earthquake Relief in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the south Asian country on April 24. The United Church has contributed $15,000 from its Emergency Response Fund to ACT Alliance to provide emergency aid in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. The Canadian government will match, dollar for dollar, donations to registered Canadian charities (including the United Church) made between April 25 and May 25.

The earthquake has been called the most powerful quake to hit the region in 81 years. Over 4,000 people have been killed (with the death toll likely to rise), and many thousands more injured, mostly from collapsed buildings. Damage to property is extensive. The government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency and many nations, including nearby India and Pakistan, have mobilized quickly to provide generous amounts of emergency aid and other support.

Your donation to Nepal Earthquake Relief will be applied directly to support relief, rehabilitation, and restoration efforts in the country. Here’s how you can donate:

Phone 416-231-5931 ext. 3050 or toll-free 1-800-268-3781 ext. 3050 and use your Visa or MasterCard.

Send a cheque, money order, or Visa or MasterCard information with donation amount to:
The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit—Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

Please be sure to note “Emergency Response—Nepal Earthquake Relief” on the face of your cheque.

Note: As part of the United Church’s Emergency Response Fund, 85 percent of your donation will go directly to Nepal Earthquake Relief, while 15 percent will be used to support emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage and response. No administration fees will be deducted from your donation. Regular donations to the Mission and Service Fund enable the United Church to provide staffing and administration for emergency response work.

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