It’s been more than two weeks since the fiery inferno was unleashed over Fort McMurray, Alberta, sweeping through the community and destroying more than 2300 homes and 877,000 acres of land.
More than 90 000 people were evacuated from Fort McMurray and the surrounding region, leaving their homes, their possessions and their memories behind, while heading for safer areas in the North and South of Canada.
Now entering its third week, the fire has begun to burn again, with the thick smoke and the extremely poor air quality hindering firefighters’ efforts to contain the blaze.
Sadly, this means the plans to bring residents back to their homes and to restart the oil-sands production were stalled and pushed towards 1st of June, provided all safety conditions are met and key services such as electricity are restored.
We’ve been a part of Calgary community since 1992 and, since then, we’ve worked closely with hundreds of people and families from the area, creating many close friendships and connections.
It’s extremely difficult to witness the damage done by the wildfire but the shock and distress every single member of our community is experiencing at the moment are truly unimaginable.
Thousands of people – neighbours, friends, coworkers – have lost their homes, while the rhythm of our daily lives has been greatly disrupted: the local hospital is not expected to be fully operational until mid-June and the schools will remain closed until September.
Even after the 1st of June, the planned return date for the people who fled the wildfire, the city will “initially only have basic services and a boil water advisory will remain in place until the end of June”, as stated by the Alberta premier Rachel Notley.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford
As part of this wonderful community, we want to help rebuild the place we call home. We know it’s a challenging process which cannot be done overnight – healing, inside and out, takes time. What’s truly important is to do it together.
And, while this tragedy affects, physically and emotionally, a large number of people, even beyond the borders of Canada, it also has its particular cases of hardships which should be addressed. Therefore it’s important to deliver financial assistance to those who needed it the most.
Our pledge to you, our community, is to donate 10% of all our proceeds from A/C installation this Summer to the Red Cross, thus contributing, together, to rebuilding and restoring Fort McMurray and Alberta area.