Abbotsford’s RAD Torque Systems has announced that they have donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help with flood relief efforts in the Fraser Valley.
The local torque wrench manufacturer made the donation on Thursday (Dec. 9) and that $50,000 will eventually equal a sum of $150,000 as both the federal and provincial governments are matching donations.
“We employ more than 100 locals in Abbotsford, and we love this community and have seen first-hand the devastation and heartbreak this extreme weather has caused,” stated Dan Provost, owner of RAD Torque Systems in a press release. “With both levels of government matching funds, five dollars quickly turns into $15 and that’s a great incentive for everyone to donate. In fact, we want to invite – even to challenge – other businesses to join us in donating to the Canadian Red Cross, because there is a lot to be done here to help people get back on their feet.”
The company revealed that one of its employees was forced to leave his home and belongings behind when water levels rose in November.
“I’ve seen our business community rally for fire victims this summer, and I’m calling on them to do the same for those affected by the floods,” Provost said. “If we can help, we must.”
The provincial and federal government will be matching donations made by individuals and corporations until Dec. 26.