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Rio Tinto donates $75,000 to flood relief effort

Volunteers pack essential food items for Merritt evacuees. Rio Tinto photo

Rio Tinto is donating $75,000 to United Way British Columbia to support flood relief efforts, following the extreme rainstorm that hit the south of the province this month.

“For all of us who call BC home, it is heartbreaking to see the devastating impacts of the recent extreme weather events on communities in the Lower Mainland,” said Rio Tinto BC Works general manager Affonso Bizon. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all impacted families and communities, and we encourage everyone who can to donate to support a speedy recovery.”
“We’re proud that UWBC works with corporations like Rio Tinto to strengthen communities across the province in times of great need,” said United Way British Columbia president and CEO Michael McKnight. “The United for BC Flood Response Fund is a way that everyone can provide support during such challenging days, but we can’t do it alone. We encourage other companies to come alongside their neighbours and donate available resources and time to those in desperate need today.”

The donation is made through the Rio Tinto Aluminium Canada Fund. Established in 2008, the Fund aims to deliver long term social and economic benefits for the communities in which Rio Tinto operates, First Nations and the broader society. The Fund invests over $10 million annually to support programs and initiatives in the fields of education, environment, health and community livability.

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