Welcome - Urgent Flood Relief Needed in Serbia!
A Speech by Mr. Corneliu Chisu - Wheels of Hope Charity Event
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, His Excellency Mihailo Papazoglu, distinguished members and guests of the Serbian community, organizers of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization of Canada, and friends.
I want to thank the organizers who brought us together for this important event to raise funds for children who are now homeless due to tragic flooding in Serbia.
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, we also offer our deepest sympathies to all those who have been affected by the heavy rains, flooding and landslides in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
We are all gathered here to show our support and dedication to help the millions of affected men, women, and children living through the horrific natural disaster in the region.
The torrential rain and flooding that struck the Republic of Serbia on May 15, 2014 was the worst natural disaster in southeastern Europe in more than a century. Initial estimates have indicated that 1.2 million people, including 210,000 children, have been affected by the flooding.
Entire towns and villages are underwater, thousands of hills have crumbled into landslides and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes for safety reasons. Continuous landslides have complicated rescue efforts as houses and cars are being buried, bridges are crumbling, and roads have been rendered impassable.
On May 19, 2014, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund to respond to the massive flooding and landslides. Financial resources and time are required in addressing relief efforts.
Through an ongoing Govenment of Canada-funded project with the Canadian Red Cross, which allows Canada to immediately respond to disasters around the world, the Canadian Red Cross automatically allocated a maximum contribution to these relief operations on behalf of our Government.
We are closely monitoring the situation and are in contact with local authorities and our humanitarian partners.
I am pleased to announce today, on behalf of Prime Minister Harper, and International Development Minister Paradis, the next step that our Conservative Government is taking towards the relief efforts.
Friends, your efforts are making a difference. The community has come together with singular purpose - to help improve the quality of life, safety and health of those families displaced and injured due to the tragedy.
And your efforts are not going unnoticed. Our Prime Minister and all members of our Government recognize your charity, hard work and deep affection to your homeland.
Under our Prime Minister, Canada stands-by and with its friends and allies, especially those affected by disaster.
Today, our Government will continue to live up to that commitment by announcing an additional $800,000 to the relief operations.
Our Government's contribution will work through humanitarian partners to deliver basic needs, including health, food, and clean water, sanitation, and hygiene requirements, of 32,724 vulnerable families in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Together with the charitable support of individuals like yourself, Canada's contribution will make a difference.
With this funding, the Red Cross of Serbia will provide assistance by: distributing food and core relief items to 2,400 vulnerable families; providing water, sanitation and hygiene promotion to 10,000 families; helping 10,000 families return to their homes; and, providing early and adequate psychosocial support.
The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina will assist 10,000 flood-affected families by providing: water purification tablets and jerry cans; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; livelihoods assistance; and, general health awareness, landmines awareness and psycho-social support.
Save the Children Canada will provide assistance to 12,400 flood-affected families in Zenica-Doboj Canton, which will include: distributing essential household kits; providing water and hygiene kits; providing child-friendly spaces where children can play, socialize and express themselves; addressing the needs of infants and pregnant and lactating women in collective centres; and, conducting clean up and refurbishment of school facilities.
Helping those in need is a demonstration of Canadian values. Our government will continue to maintain the ability to respond to humanitarian crisis when needed.
I thank you for your continued support and dedication towards the long-term recovery efforts in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina..
Crown Prince and Crown Princess at Charity event in Toronto in Aid of flood victims in Serbia
Canadian Government announced $800,000 to support Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovona
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine attended an extremely successful fundraising event, "Wheels of Hope" for the flood relief efforts in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina in Toronto Canada, hosted by Lifeline Canada Humanitarian Organization whose patron is HRH Crown Princess Katherine.
The event gathered many Serbs living in the Toronto area as well as many other distinguished guests such as Member of the Canadian Parliament for Pickering, Scarborough East, Mr. Chisu Corneliu who on behalf of the Canadian Government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, chose the event to announce a Canadian $800,000.00 contribution for relief efforts, as well as many projects on the ground that will be administered in cooperation between the Canadian Red Cross, Red Cross Serbia and Red Cross Society of Bosnia Herzegovina.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine presented numerous guests with the problems that people in Serbia and especially children are facing after disastrous flood, the worst in 120 years that hit this country in May, and warmly thanked them for their understanding and support.
Mr. Chisu delivered a speech on behalf of the Canadian Government emphasizing: "Your efforts are making a difference. The community has come together with singular purpose - to help improve the quality of life, safety and health of those families displaced and injured due to tragedy and your efforts are not going unnoticed. Our Prime Minister and all members of Government recognize your charity, hard work and deep affection to your homeland".
The speeches were also delivered by the Serbian Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Mihajlo Papazoglou, who spoke in detail about the catastrophic flooding as well as Consul, Mr. Spasoje Milicevic, from the General Consulate of Serbia in Toronto.
The event was more than well received by those who attended, and included an incredible live auction. Auction items included two dresses by the famous Serbian fashion designer, Roksanda Ilincic, who resides in London, England; signed tennis balls and posters from Novak Djokovic; three paintings donated by Serbian artists Nada Vujosevic, Ivana Kortez, and Radmila Krstic. The funds raised will be dispersed through the Foundation of HRH Princess Katharine in Serbia to provide immediate relief for flood victims.
Prestolonaslednik i Princeza na humanitarnom događaju u Torontu za pomoć žrtvama poplava u Srbiji
Kanadska vlada najavila donaciju od 800.000 dolara za pomoć Srbiji I Bosni Hercegovini
Njihova Kraljevska Visočanstva Prestolonaslednik Aleksandar II i Princeza Katarina prisustvovali su izuzetno uspešnom humanitarnom događaju "Točkovi nade" za pomoć ugroženima poplavama u Srbiji i Bosni i Hercegovini, održanom u Torontu, koji je organizovala humanitarna organizacija Lajflajn Kanada, koja radi pod pokroviteljstvom NJ.K.V. Princeze Katarine.
Događaju su prisustvovali mnogobrojni Srbi koji žive u Torontu i okolini, kao i član parlamenta Kanade g-din Čizu Korneliu, koji je u ime kanadske vlade, premijera Stefana Harpera i ministra međunarodnog razvoja i "Frankofonije" Kristijana Paradiza odabrao ovaj događaj da najavi donacije u vrednosti od 800.000 kanadskih dolara za pomoć poplavljenima, kao i mnogobrojne projekte na terenu koji će se sprovoditi u saradnji između Crvenog krsta Kanade, Crvenog krsta Srbije i Crvenog krsta Bosne i Hercegovine.
Njihova Kraljevska Visočanstva Prestolonaslednik Aleksandar II i Princeza Katarina predstavili su mnogobrojnim gostima tešku situaciju u kojoj su se našli ljudi u Srbiji, a pogotovo deca posle katastrofalnih poplava najgorih u poslednjih 120 godina, koje su u maju pogodile našu zemlju, i najiskrenije im se zahvalili na razumevanju i pomoći.
U svom obraćanju u ime vlade Kanade g-din Čizu je istakao: "Vaši napori menjaju situaciju na bolje. Zajednica se okupila oko jednog cilja - da poboljša kvalitet života, sigurnost i zdravlje raseljenih i stradalih porodica tokom ove tragedije. I vaši napori nisu prošli nezapaženo. Naš premijer i svi članovi vlade odaju priznanje vašem humanizmu, naporima i brizi za otadžbinu".
Gostima su se obratili i Nj.E. g-din Mihajlo Papazoglou, ambasador Srbije u Kanadi, koji je do detalja predstavio posledice katastrofalnih poplava, kao i g-din Spasoje Milićević iz generalnog konzulata Srbije u Torontu.
Svi prisutni su sa velikom pažnjom pratili sve što je rečeno, a zatim je održana izuzetno uspešna aukcija uživo. Na aukciji su ponuđene dve haljine čuvene srpske dizajnerke Roksande Ilinčić, koja živi i radi u Londonu, potpisane teniske loptice i posteri Novaka Đokovića, kao i tri slike koje su donirale srpske umetnice Nada Vujošević, Ivana Kortez i Radmila Krstić. Prikupljena sredstva biće upućena preko Fondacije Princeze Katarine u Srbiji kako bi se žrtvama poplava odmah obezbedila neophodna pomoć.
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is a Canadian Charitable Organization registered in 2004, with the vision of strengthening the wellbeing of people in Serbia. “Lifeline Canada” strategically partners with the HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade, Serbia. Our aim is to help sick and disadvantaged children, refugees, internally displaced people and the elderly through the provision of medical aid and equipment, food, clothing and sustainable social services.
“We work for the benefit of all those in need, regardless of ethnicity or religion since we believe that there are no borders in suffering.”
- HRH Crown Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization is designated as a Charitable Organization by the Charities Directorate, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency since January 1, 2004, registered charity number 88542 6403 RR0001.