Quinte, On. real estate agent: Canadian generosity for Haiti overwhelms aid agencies

Canadian generosity for Haiti overwhelms aid agencies

 Canadian generosity for Haiti quake victims overwhelms charities

Donations crashing Internet servers 

Toronto Star article Louise Brown, files from Canadian Press

OTTAWA-Canadians are opening up their hearts and wallets so quickly for disaster-relief efforts in Haiti that some agencies are having a hard time coping with the outpouring of support.

"They've actually managed a few times to cause the (Internet) servers at our online donation processing company to (crash) and the call centres have had trouble dealing with the call load," Kieran Green, of Humanitarian Coalition, told the Toronto Star Thursday.

The coalition includes Care Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec and Save the Children.

"It literally has been overwhelming," Green said, adding that not since the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 have Canadians responded with such fervour.

The servers were soon back up and the coalition was pleading with Canadians to keep trying.

Médecins Sans Frontières reported the same massive response, and said it had to hire outside help to keep its server from crashing.

World Vision, which launched campaigns on Facebook and Twitter, says the number of donations being made were 10 times the usual.

The government announced earlier it will match individual charitable donations up to $50 million to help Haitians recover from their worst earthquake in 200 years.

"All Canadians have their hearts broken, everybody has seen the devastation in Haiti. I think that everyone is really affected by this. And I know that Canadians, one and all, want to help," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said.

As well as money - Ottawa has already committed an immediate $5 million - Canada has responded by sending ships and large aircraft with food, equipment, personnel and security forces.

HMCS Halifax and HMCS Athabaskan set sail from Halifax on the five-day trip to Haiti with supplies and about 500 personnel.

Charitable groups say the government's agreement to match donations could be an added incentive for Canadians to donate to eligible charities.

"When people see it is important to the Canadian government, I think Canadians will open up their wallets and be assured that Haitian people will receive it," said Revenue Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsMalcolm Johnston • January 17 2010 10:57AM


Great news that there is so much traffic that the servers crashed, not so good that they crashed! This is such a tragedy and I hope we can do everything possible to help Haiti and its people!

Posted by Christine Hynes, Orange County Senior Loan Consultant (American Capital Corporation) about 9 years ago

Our news is reporting that over 100 million has been raised already.  How great that people are responding so quickly!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Christine Hynes - Loans & Loan Modifications (Loans & Loan Modifications)

Debra Walsh Orange Cty NY Real Estate 845.355.8439 (Minisink Valley Homes Slate Hill, NY - Realtor)

It certainly is encouraging that people have responded so quickly.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago

i hope the money and aid will get there quickly enogh so that they can help the people in need. Good information.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 9 years ago

GITA BANTWAL, REALTOR BUCKS COUNTY, PA HOMES (ReMax Centre Realtors) Hi Gita, thanks for stopping by. There is a real concerted effort by the aid agencies to make sure that this is happening. They are co-operating on a scale that has never been seen before.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) about 9 years ago