Councillor Khalid Usman & CERF Raise Three Hundred and twenty-two thousand in Markham for IDRF Pakistan Flood Relief project

September 19, 2022

This contribution was matched to $472,000 as part of IDRF’s private matching fund

The Cancer Education Research Foundation (CERF) donated $322,000, to the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) for the Pakistan Flood Relief. The noteworthy contribution was matched for $150,000 as part of a private matching fund, totaling $472,000 of aid to support victims of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan.

The flooding has affected more than 33 million people and caused more than $10 billion in damage in the last 6 weeks.

The Cancer Education Research Foundation is a national foundation set up to help eliminate cancer by funding the purchase of treatment equipment to promote health globally.

Khalid Usman, a Ward 7 Councillor of the City of Markham, and President of CERF, with the help of his friends, presented a cheque of $322,000 to IDRF’s Pakistan Flood Relief at his retirement event on Sunday night. Khalid Usman, a community builder, is retiring after 25 years of service and was in-part, being honoured for his involvement in community service. “The Pakistan Floods has been a disaster for millions of people in the country. It is not only about the immediate physical damage, but it is also about the long-term impact on the people of Pakistan. The devastation of this flood is unprecedented and I am happy to be able to contribute to relief efforts by working with IDRF”.

IDRF, which has a regional office in Pakistan and partner organizations across the country, has provided relief and development aid to the country for the past 30 years, and is currently on the ground in the affected areas helping to meet the needs of thousands of families. Many are calling this one of the most serious climate catastrophes in the world as the extreme weather events continue. Since mid-June, Pakistan has been experiencing abnormal monsoon rainfall which is nearly three times higher than the past 30-years, affecting more than 60 districts with over 30 million people.

As part of its national $3 million-dollar fundraising appeal, IDRF has matched over half a million dollars in donations it received, thanks to the generosity of some of its key community supporters.

Media seeking more information, interviews or photos should contact:
Zeina Osman: Director of Giving & Impact
Phone number: 416-497-0818 x 504
Mobile: 613 304-2568
Email: zosman@idrf.ca