DTZ employees raise funding to provide container of medical relief to Guatemala

MISSISSAUGA (July 22, 2015) – A 20-foot container loaded with essential medicines and supplies is expected to arrive in Guatemala mid-August.

“This provision of an estimated 115,000 treatments is thanks to DTZ’s first corporate fundraising campaign,” said Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC.

“We know the anxiety that a family can face when a child or a loved one is sick,” said Chris Ridabock, National Chair of DTZ. “Imagine how much worse it is when care may be available but there is no medicine to provide relief and treatment. We are very happy to have connected with HPIC so that we can provide help in a practical and direct way to a vulnerable community.”

DTZ began a national fundraising campaign to benefit HPIC’s medical relief project with Food for the Poor April 1. At the close of the campaign, employees had raised just shy of $20,000.

“While we have a culture of giving locally at the community level, partnering with HPIC on a national corporate social responsibility project is a first,” Ridabock said.

Ryan McAskile from DTZ Mississauga and Taylor Wilson from DTZ Niagara, who both spearheaded the DTZ initiative, thanked their colleagues for their hard work and leadership: “Thank you to all those who fundraised either through in-office promotions or by reaching out to your networks bringing in donations and creating awareness about HPIC and the great work they do. And lastly, thank you to all those who donated to the campaign out of your own pockets. This is a great accomplishment.”

According to Food for the Poor, Guatemala has some of the worst indicators in the hemisphere. Overall adult literacy is estimated at 70 per cent, but literacy among Mayan women is estimated at 30 per cent. Less than half of rural Guatemalans have access to running water, only a quarter have access to electricity and less than one in 10 have access to modern sanitation facilities. Infant, child and maternal mortality rates are among the highest in Latin America.
Food for the Poor is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States. HPIC has been partnering with Food for the Poor since 2009.

“These donated medicines will help strengthen health care units, run by the state and by non-profit organizations in San Jose Poaquil, Chimaltenango, and improve the health of a needy population,” says Patricia Cardenas of Food for the Poor.
The shipment contains $1.4 million of assorted essential medicines, including several kinds of antibiotics for children and adults, antifungals and eye drops.

About HPIC: Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) is a relief and development organization that delivers health and hope to the world’s most vulnerable people. We are dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health in the developing world without discrimination through the provision of essential medicines & medical supplies, pharmaceutical management and logistics, and capacity-building projects.

Christina Parsons
Senior Director, Communications