City of Kitchener donates $10,000 for Syrian refugee relief

The City of Kitchener voted to donate $10,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee to help Syrian refugees at a council meeting Monday.
Coun. Yvonne Fernandes put forward a motion to donate money to help Syrian refugees. (Yvonne Fernandes)

Kitchener city council has approved a motion to donate $10,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee to help Syrian refugees who are fleeing their country's war.

The motion, which was passed unanimously on Monday night, was put forward by Ward 4 Coun. Yvonne Fernandes to donate $5,000. Ward 9 Coun. Frank Etherington suggested upping that to $10,000, because he did the math and says it will work out to be about four cents a person for every taxpayer.

The money will go to the MCC's S.O.S for Syria campaign to help children and families who have left Syria because of violence.

The City of Kitchener is also joining other municipal leaders in hosting an event Tuseday night to welcome refugees to Waterloo Region. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. at Kitchener City Hall. 


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