Five British Columbia forest companies have donated $100,000 each to aid earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, saying the Japanese need immediate relief now.
The normally competitive forest companies have been prompted to work together by the scope of the Japanese disaster. Forest companies Interfor, Canfor, Canfor Pulp, West Fraser and Tolko each donated $100,000.
“To see what has transpired in Japan is absolutely heart-rending. We all feel if we can help in some small way, it’s the least we can do,” said Interfor chief executive Duncan Davies. “We felt that we couldn’t wait.”
Their donations have been matched by the province for a total of $1 million that is to be transferred to the Japanese Red Cross, which will use the money for tents, blankets, food and medical aid to the hundreds of thousands of victims.