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November 21, 2007

ELCIC Accepting Donations to Assist with Relief Efforts in Bangladesh

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)'s Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) will be accepting donations to support victims of a devastating cyclone that hit Bangladesh late last week.

Cyclone Sidr struck the country of Bangladesh on November 15, with winds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and a tidal surge of several metres. Recent reports confirm 3,000 deaths, but Bangladesh’s Red Crescent Society says up to 10,000 may have died. The devastation along the southern coast comes only a few months after floods in the north of the country.

Donations received through the ELCIC's GHDA will be forwarded on to Canadian Lutheran World Relief who will channel the funds through Action by Churches Together (ACT) International, which has several local members in Bangladesh working in the affected areas. Over 35,000 people will be targeted through ACT International efforts.

To support relief efforts in Bangladesh, donations can be made to GHDA as follows:
- Via the ELCIC website: www.elcic.ca (click on the Donate Now link)
- By mail: GHDA, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6 (please indicate GHDA-Bangladesh in the memo portion of the cheque)
-Through all ELCIC congregations

The ELCIC's Global Hunger and Development Appeal works in partnership with Canadian Lutheran World Relief to carry out development and emergency response work internationally along with refugee resettlement in Canada.
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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada is Canada's largest Lutheran denomination with 174,555 baptized members in 620 congregations. It is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the Canadian Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches.

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Trina Gallop, Manager of Communications
302-393 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB R3B 3H6
204.984.9172
tgallop@elcic.ca

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