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Please click here for a poster for the upcoming Food Fair on Sunday, May 18. It is a fundraiser for the cyclone victims in Myanmar (Burma). This food fair is being organized by the Myanmar Community, a group of concerned individuals without political affiliation.

The funds generated from the food fair will be sent to NLD HQ in Burma, through special channels that we are unable to disclose. If you require more information, kindly contact:
Mr. Thet Naing (a) Kyaw Thi Haa at [email protected] tel: 604-873-9126;
Mr. Sithu Naing - tel: 250-516-2416
Ms. San San Yu at [email protected] or cell: 250-883-1920

If you however wish to donate a large amount of money for the Myanmar cyclone victims, and require a tax receipt, in addition to supporting the food fair, you are able to do so by attending at the Buddhist Monastery on any given day, at the address noted on the poster. The funds received will be given to the Canadian Red Cross. The Monastery can only accept cash or cheque and you will be required to provide your full name and address to which a tax receipt will be mailed to you by the Red Cross. Please call ahead prior to visiting the Monastery 604-951-9054. For further info, please contact: Mrs. Mitzi Maung tel: 604-439-9449 or email: [email protected]

Please note that besides the above noted channels, we have not authorized anyone else to collect funds, either on behalf of the Monastery or the Canadian Red Cross.

We look forward to your support on May 18. Please post, publish or forward this information to your friends, families and colleagues.

There will also be a vigil/prayer ceremony at the Monastery this coming Sunday, May 11, 2008 at noon. As is the Buddhist custom, alms will first be offered to the monks prior to noon hour, after which the prayer ceremony will begin. It is a potluck, so please bring bring what you can.

Other links for donations:
US Campaign for Burma – distribution via contacts in Burma undisclosed to protect their safety

United Nations - World Food Programme

Canadian Red Cross

World Vision Canada – works under a gov’t MOU

Avaaz.org – distribution via monasteries

Asia Peace and Development Foundation – has existing programs and can distribute aid via monasteries that are not subject to government restrictions on foreign aid workers – see instructions on their website