Air Canada and GlobalMedic are responding to those in need following the devastating Sept 19 earthquake that struck central Mexico, killing 305 people.
Today (Sept. 27), GlobalMedic volunteers will join Air Canada employees in packing Hygiene Kits for affected people staying in the emergency shelters. Each kit will contain essential hygiene items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as Aquatab Water Purification Tablets, each capable of purifying 10 litres of drinking water. This aid will help keep families safe from deadly communicable diseases and provide a sense of dignity during this dire time.
The kits are being packaged at the Air Canada head office in Montreal and will be delivered to the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport where they will board an Air Canada flight to Mexico. Two members of GlobalMedic’s Rapid Response Team will accompany the shipment and facilitate deliveries to shelters upon arrival.
In response to Hurricane Irma, Air Canada has supported GlobalMedic through the transportation of water purification tablets into Antigua within days of the storm, as well as water purification solutions to Cuba and Dominica. Air Canada has also supported GlobalMedic by transporting a Rapid Response Team – consisting of two volunteer firefighters, one paramedic and an engineer from Aeryon Labs – to St. Maarten with a drone, 756 Hygiene Kits, 200 Family Emergency Kits, and two AquaResponse3 Water Purification Systems.