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Labatt produces 200,000 cans of water to assist firefighters and evacuees in Alberta


May 9, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

Edmonton – Labatt Breweries of Canada has donated more than 69,000 cans of emergency drinking water in aid of Canadians forced from their homes and firefighters on the ground in the wake of a wildfire sweeping through Fort McMurray, Alta.  

An additional 131,000-plus cans are at the ready and will be shipped if emergency conditions warrant this week through Labatt’s Canadian Disaster Relief effort, the company said in a news release. Last week, a truck carrying more than 2,880 cases of water canned to disaster specifications departed from the brewer’s Alberta distribution centres. The shipment is destined for same-day delivery at the Edmonton emergency centre for donation to firefighters and displaced residents with the greatest need. 

Charlie Angelakos, Labatt’s vice-president, legal and corporate affairs, said, “At our Edmonton brewery and across the country, the people of Labatt are alarmed and deeply concerned by the devastation of the wildfire that has overtaken Fort McMurray. Our priority is to shift into high gear with our Disaster Relief Program and do everything we can to help.”

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Labatt’s Canadian Disaster Relief Program was first established in 2012 to provide safe drinking water to Canadian communities that have experienced a natural disaster. Since 2012, Labatt has donated more than 220,000 cans of safe drinking water to Canadian communities under emergency conditions.