Sikhs donate $200,000, the first instalment of a target of
Jan 13, 2004
The Ontario Sikh Gurdwara Council and other Punjabi and Sikh
groups in the GTA who have formed the Guru Nanak Relief Fund
yesterday gave the agency $200,000, the first instalment of
a target of $500,000.
Kroum and Eva Pindoff donated $5 million to the Canadian
Red Cross yesterday.
His eyes growing redder with every word, 89-year-old Kroum
Pindoff finally couldnt hold back the tears as he stood
beside his wife of 55 years and explained what prompted them
to give what may be the largest private donation to date for
Pindoff and his wife Eva, 79, co-founders of the 90-store
Music World retail empire, announced a $5 million donation
to the Canadian Red Cross yesterday.
The gift is the largest private donation to a disaster appeal
ever received by the Canadian Red Cross, and the Pindoffs
said they wanted to make sure the donation would qualify for
the federal governments matching program, which expires
Defence Minister Bill Graham, who attended the news conference
announcing the gift, said the government would add $5 million
to its relief efforts in southern Asia to match it. Ottawa
announced yesterday that its aid contribution would reach
$400 million over five years.
Graham noted that the two philanthropists came through the
war in Europe, made their money in this country, "and
are giving it back to the world in a way that is an inspiration
for all of us." A Red Cross official called the Pindoffs
"angels of mercy."
Gord Moore, general manager of the Red Cross in Ontario,
said Pindoff has been "very emotional" about the
images he has seen on television.
The Pindoffs stores generate $200 million in sales
annually. Pindoff said he and his wife are "getting older"
and "we cant take (the money) with us." After
seeing images of suffering children, he said, "I cant
sleep at night. I dont have peace of mind when I go
"There is so much suffering," he said, adding that
people in this country have so much. "I believe in good.
I came to Canada with very little."
Pindoff, born in Macedonia during World War I, recalled how
the couple left Germany in 1955 to start a new life in Canada.
Eva said she hopes others will do what they can to help.
The Canadian Red Cross has now raised $73 million, said John
Mulvihill, deputy secretary general. And more big donations
are coming in.
Canadians for Tsunami Relief collected more than $620,000
from donation booths at malls and a weekend TV appeal that
ran for 28 hours, with a multilingual phone force of 1,200.
Rogers Media Network started the weekend collections with
$150,000, and Ellens Health Food Ltd. pitched in $250,000.
The Ontario March of Dimes is donating more than 200 pairs
of crutches, canes and walkers to those injured in the disaster.
Torontos Mark McAnthony Gibson Foundation will distribute
them in Sri Lanka; CS World cargo is handling the shipping
and Therapy Supplies and Rental Ltd. is helping in Ontario.
Save the Children Canada and FLOW 93.5 radio raised $99,375
with a Thursday fundraiser at the TD Centre.
Torstar News Service
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