Member Clubs, League Office combine to donate $50,000 to the Red Cross

TORONTO (July 18, 2017) — The Canadian Football League’s member clubs have united to support relief efforts in British Columbia where wildfires have forced thousands out of their homes.

“The BC Lions urged that we respond as one to help our fellow Canadians displaced by these wildfires,” said  Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. ‘I’m pleased to say every team, as well as the league office, quickly agreed to make donations to the Red Cross totalling $50,000.”

Reports indicate about 40,000 residents have been forced to leave their homes and flood into evacuation centres in Kamloops and elsewhere. Parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan have been under air-quality advisories as smoke from BC spreads east.

The BC Lions, who host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Friday night in Vancouver, are urging fans through all social media channels to further support this effort by texting FIRES to 30333. In doing so, a $10 donation (through your mobile carrier) will be made to victims of the BC wildfires via the Canadian Red Cross.

The Bombers, who operate an online 50/50 draw during their away games, have also stepped up and have pledged to donate this week’s proceeds to the Red Cross. (Only Manitoba residents are eligible to enter the draw.)

To make a personal donation to the Red Cross, supporting British Columbia fire relief efforts, please click here.

Paulo Senra

Director, Communications, Canadian Football League

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