Volunteers pack essential food items for Merritt evacuees. (Photo Submitted/Rio Tinto)

Volunteers pack essential food items for Merritt evacuees. (Photo Submitted/Rio Tinto)

Rio Tinto donates to flood relief efforts

United Way British Columbia set up a B.C. Flood Response Fund to address important needs

Rio Tinto is making a donation to the United Way British Columbia (UWBC) to support ongoing flood relief efforts amid rainstorms hitting the south of the province.

The donation of $75,000 donation is being made through the Rio Tinto Aluminium Canada Fund which was established in 2008. The aim of the fund is to deliver long-term social and economic benefits for communities in which Rio Tinto operates.

“For all of us who call B.C. 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.

UWBC has set up a B.C. Flood Response Fund and will put funds towards needs such as housing, food assistance, trauma and mental health supports.

“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,” said United Way British Columbia president and CEO Michael McKnight.

“We encourage other companies to come alongside their neighbours and donate available resources and time to those in desperate need today.”

Individuals also looking to support the program can donate at UWBC’s website.