A Toronto business owner has launched a national campaign called “Canada Strong” to help collect funds for the victims of the Iran plane crash.
Mohamad Fakih, president of Paramount Fine Foods and founder of the Fakih Foundation, was moved by the tragedy and wanted to pay tribute to the lives lost on Flight 752.
According to the campaign, which is being handled by the Toronto Foundation, “in the coming days and weeks, the families of the 57 victims from across Canada will face a number of expenses. We are now encouraging Canadians to support the families of the victims by making a donation.”
With oversight from Dentons Canada LLP, all donations will flow through Toronto Foundation, who previously handled funds for Toronto’s van attack victims, and will be granted to those affected.
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“This is a time for all Canadians regardless of race or religion, to come together and show the world what it means to be Canadian,” reads the campaign website.
last week Canada witnessed a senseless tragedy that heartbreakingly killed 57 innocent Canadians on Flight #PS752
I’m calling on Canadians in this moment of need to support these families with the unexpected expenses that have tragically fallen upon them. pic.twitter.com/GoruhGTCSB
— Mohamad Fakih (@mohamadfakih8) January 13, 2020
Fakih launched the campaign on Monday morning alongside Toronto Mayor John Tory.
The campaign aims to raise $1.5 million to support the families of victims, and Fakih has personally donated $30,000.
Proud to join @MohamadFakih8 this morning for the launch of the #CanadaStrong campaign – a national initiative raising funds to help the families of Canadians who were lost on Flight 752. https://t.co/r08aF82WFM pic.twitter.com/uabaHYLhlI
— John Tory (@JohnTory) January 13, 2020
The Canada Strong campaign can be found on the Toronto Foundation’s website.