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St. Regis Hotel Vancouver raises funds for East African Famine

Posted July 28, 2011

Issues challenge to other hotels to begin fundraising efforts

Thirty years ago the World mobilized around the devastating famine in Ethiopia and other parts of East Africa with a huge worldwide fundraising and relief effort. This year, despite the potential for hundreds of thousands of deaths and some of the worst drought conditions in 60 years, the famine has not ignited the same awareness or response.

Canadians are uniquely positioned to help in this crisis as the government of Canada has pledged to match every dollar donated to Canadian charities for famine relief between July 6 and Sept. 16 and the government has not put a cap on the matching funds.

The St. Regis Hotel Vancouver, led by General Manager Jeremy Roncoroni has begun its own fundraising drive to raise money for aid agencies working on African Famine relief and is challenging other hotels to do the same.

“The images and stories from this famine are heartbreaking. Millions of people face death by starvation because of a combination of drought, war and failed governments,” said Roncoroni. “I am challenging other hotels to join us in starting their own fundraising for famine relief and make this our cause.”

“I’ve kick started efforts at the St Regis Hotel with a pledge of $500 out of my own pocket. The hotel will be matching all pledges as will the Government of Canada, so this $500 will turn into $2000 for famine relief.”

Hotels that wish to accept the challenge or individuals who wish to support the St. Regis Hotel’s fundraising effort can email Jeremy at Donations can also be dropped of to the Hotel’s front desk.

CBC has compiled a list of ways that Canadian can help in this crisis here. The Canadian International Development Agency has a dedicated relief fund and information can be found here.