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'We've Got Your Back, Fort Mac': CBC Calgary's charity blitz

CBC Calgary hosted a charity blitz on Wednesday to help people devastated and displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Live broadcast of shows in CBC Calgary lobby included onsite charities, live music and food

Coun. Ward Sutherland talks about Calgary's response to the wildlfire crisis in Fort McMurray. (CBC)

CBC Calgary hosted a charity blitz on Wednesday to help people devastated and displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire.

Radio programs broadcasted from our lobby, with live bands and free snacks, as various charities collected financial donations.

  • Canadian Red CrossAccepting monetary donations to provide immediate assistance. 
  • Calgary Food BankAccepting monetary donations (no food please) to go toward much-needed food supplies in the towns and First Nation communities surrounding Fort McMurray that are providing short-term housing for evacuees, as well as to the Fort McMurray Food Bank to support the residents once they return home.
  • Calgary Humane SocietyCollecting monetary donations on behalf of registered animal welfare agencies impacted by the wildfire.

Live bands performing in the lobby included: 

Alberta@Noon host Donna McElligott speaks to a Red Cross spokesperson about providing emergency funds of $600 per adult and $300 per child from a portion of the $67 million raised so far for Fort McMurray. (CBC)

And free snacks for those who came out to support evacuees were courtesy of:

Those who donated were also entered into exciting draws for these prizes: 

  • Calgary Reads children's book and game package.
  • CBC Calgary messenger bag featuring retro branded headphones, T-shirt and much more!
  • CBC's Heartland cast-signed photo, and all eight seasons on DVD.
David Gray speaks with Tom Sampson, director of the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. CBC Calgary is hosting a charity blitz between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to help people affected by the Fort McMurray wildfire. (Danielle Nerman/CBC)

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