Canada Is Giving Half A Million Dollars To Help The Bahamas After Hurricane Dorian
Canadian HGTV stars are also raising relief money.
Hurricane Dorian has battered the Bahamas and Canada is offering up money to help. Canada Hurricane Dorian relief is coming in the form of half a million dollars along with government officials sent to the Bahamas to assess and help with the situation. There's no word on when the money will get there though.
The government of Canada annouced up to $500,000 of emergency assisstance to help humanitarian organizations in the Bahamas after the hurricane. There has also been officials sent to the areas to assist Canadians who are currently in the region. In a tweet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau referred to the $500,000 pledge as "initial emergency assitance."
But the government isn't alone in its relief efforts.
Two Canadian HGTV stars have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for hurricane relief in the Bahamas.
Bryan and Sarah Baeumler and their family have a goal of $10,000 that they want to reach by Sept. 30. According to the GoFundMe page, the Baeumler Family Foundation, which is a a registered Canadian charity, will be matching the funds from the campaign.
Bryan and Sarah are currently restoring a resort in the Bahamas so they have a personal connection to the area. However, Caerula Mar, their beachfront resort, was not directly impacted by the hurricane.
"A lot of times, the knee-jerk reaction [is] let’s jump in the boat and get over there. But you end up taking valuable resources yourself, the food, water and shelter that people there need," Baeumler told Global News.
The money raised from the crowdfunding campaign will go directly to places in the Bahamas that need it the most.
"It very quickly turned into a monster," he said of the storm.
At the time of publication, the Baeumler family's crowdfunding capmaign has raised more than double its goal with over $30,000 coming from 410 donors in just 21 hours.
According to Global News, the Baeumler family will be heading to the Bahamas tomorrow to provide first hand assisstance to areas that have been hit the hardest.
As for the Government efforts, Justin Trudeau also confirmed on Twitter that he has spoken with the Prime Minister of the Bahamas and that Canada is standing by to provide more aid.