Members of the Rotary Club of Whistler are shocked and saddened by the tragic events in Fort McMurray AB. 
We have been in touch with members of the local Rotary Clubs and are trying to figure out how to provide the best assistance.
 
Perhaps the need is best expressed by an excerpt from a message by District 5370 District  Governor Tim Schilds:
 
First and foremost they are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support they have received from throughout the Rotary world and wanted me to express their gratitude.
 
In the short term most of their needs are being taken care of by The Red Cross and similar emergency response organizations.  They are aware of the offers of help from throughout the district and have shared that with all of their club members.  They will be sure to direct anyone in need of help either to a local Rotary club or the District office where we will make sure their needs are taken care of.
 
What I heard today is that the biggest need will be in the medium to long term once they are back in their homes and can assess what is needed.  That's where Rotary comes in!  What we do best is stay in for the long term and help through projects and donations once the needs are determined.  I promised all Rotarians from Fort McMurray that Rotary International will be there to help them as long as it takes to get them going again.  That is where we need your support.
 
If you would like to make a donation please follow the instructions on the District 5370 web site.  Rotarians might consider making an ATB cares donation. The Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB) will match donations with an additional 15%. More details on the District 5370 site.
 
 
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