Red Cross fundraising for new P.E.I. headquarters
The Canadian Red Cross announced a campaign Tuesday to raise $1-million to build and equip a new disaster management centre in Charlottetown.
The Red Cross headquarters on Prince Edward Island has been housed in a 135-year-old house on Prince Street for the past seven years.
The building has heritage designation which prevents extensive renovations. It also lacks the space for training and storage and is not completely wheelchair accessible.
John Bryne is the director general for the Red Cross in Atlantic Canada.
"How do we best respond to disasters? Through our volunteers. So we want to create a centre of excellence for volunteer training. So this is the first of its kind in Canada being established by the Canadian Red Cross," said Bryne.
In addition to the new centre, money raised during the campaign will allow for the purchase of a new emergency response vehicle .
The provincial government is contributing $150,000 to the "Prepared" campaign.
The Red Cross is looking at three or four possible locations for the new building in the greater Charlottetown area.