VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) has helped raise nearly $90,000 for wildfire relief in B.C. through its Here4BC campaign, but the association is still looking for more help from the industry.
"While we’re relieved that many evacuees are now able to return home, we’re troubled that new wildfires are taking hold in other areas and evacuation orders are being issued," explains a statement on the campaign’s website. "As a result, we’re extending our call for pledges and donations to midnight on August 31, 2017, so that our industry can provide as much help as possible."
The VRCA is hoping to raise a total of $1 million. The money raised will go to the Canadian Red Cross British Columbia Fires Appeal.
In addition to making financial donations, through www.Here4BC.ca, companies can also show their support by contributing to an online registry of supplies, services and equipment that can be loaned or donated to the relief efforts.
The online campaign is designed to bring the Canadian construction industry together to support those who have been displaced or lost homes and businesses as a result of B.C.’s ongoing wildfires.
Hundreds of thousands of hectares in B.C.’s interior continue to burn and a forecast of potentially record-breaking heat this month is offering little relief.