Toronto, Ontario -- March 14, 2017 -- March 22 is World Water Day. It is a day to learn more about water issues facing our world and to take action to make a difference. This year, GlobalMedic will be teaming up with Humber College and Procter & Gamble to pack Family Emergency Kits that will support Syrian refugees.

The devastation in Syria is unimaginable, and has left millions of people in desperate need of support. After fleeing their homes due to the ongoing conflict, many Syrian families are stranded in internally displaced camps inside Syria and in refugee camps in neighbouring countries. The cost of basic necessities has skyrocketed, leaving these mobile populations with few resources to protect their health and safety. There is no reliable access to clean drinking water or essential hygiene supplies to protect Syrians from communicable diseases. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. It is therefore vital to provide immediate protection to these families.

Humber International Development students, GlobalMedic volunteers, and Procter & Gamble will be assembling 1,700 Family Emergency Kits to support more than 10,000 people. Each kit contains water purification sachets and essential hygiene supplies donated by Procter & Gamble. All the items will be packed into a water container before being shipped and distributed to families displaced in Syria and surrounding countries.

During this event, GlobalMedic will also be demonstrating our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (a.k.a. drones). GlobalMedic has been selected as a finalist for the Google.org Impact Challenge for its use of innovative technologies to solve complex problems around the world. We now have a chance to win a $750,000 grant from Google.org. GlobalMedic uses UAVs to help save lives after disasters and complex emergencies worldwide. GlobalMedic staff will be available at the event if you are interested in learning more.

For more information on the Google.org Impact Challenge, please visit www.globalmedic.ca/vote.

Media is invited to attend the packing event and speak with Humber International Development students, Procter and Gamble and GlobalMedic team members coordinating the event.

Date & Time

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Best Time for Media

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location

Main Foyer

Building G* - Humber Lakeshore Campus,

17 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive,

Etobicoke, ON  M8V 4B6

*Please note that parking around Building G is limited. Please let us know in advance how many vehicles you will be arriving in so that we can arrange with Humber for temporary parking near the site. Attached is a map of the site.

For more information:

Matt Capobianco

Deputy Director

mcapobianco@globalmedic.ca

416-271-0717

 

Adam Petricic

Emergency Programs Officer

apetricic@globalmedic.ca

647-567-2741

About GlobalMedic

GlobalMedic is an operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF). DMGF is a registered Canadian charity that runs capacity building programs in post-conflict nations and provides relief services to large-scale disasters and complex emergencies around the world. GlobalMedic has implemented 176 successful disaster responses in 61 countries.

www.globalmedic.ca

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning

Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part-time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 150 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.

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