Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Italian-Canadian Community Planning Fundraising after Deadly Earthquake

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Italian-Canadian Community Planning Fundraising after Deadly Earthquake

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Italian-Canadians react to deadly earthquake

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TORONTO - The Canadian-Italian community is mobilizing to help after a deadly earthquake in central Italy killed at least 247 people and left thousands homeless on Wednesday

The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:36 a.m. and reduced three towns in central Italy to rubble.

Bob Sacco, president of the National Federation of Canadian Italian Business and Professional Associations, says that while it's still early, his organization is looking at options to support recovery efforts.

"I got a lot of calls from our chapters in Montreal and various chapters across Canada that basically said, 'How can we help?' The first step is really to figure out who the right people are to have an idea and do an effective plan," he said.

Sacco was previously involved with fundraising after a powerful 2009 earthquake in Italy's Abruzzo region, which killed more than 300 people. At that time, the Abruzzo Earthquake Relief Fund was established, raising $2 million for a new medical research facility at the University of L'Aquila, in one of the towns hit hardest by the earthquake. Another $400,000 was donated to the Red Cross. …

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