TORONTO — InterContinental Hotels Group Canada announced today the activation of the IHG Disaster Relief Colleague Assistance Fund and a donation from IHG Foundation supporting individuals and communities affected by the flooding in Quebec.
Earlier this month, over 3,600 people were evacuated from their homes due to majoring flooding in parts of Quebec, including Gatineau and Montreal. Those fleeing their homes lost their possessions and have been displaced for weeks.
The IHG Foundation is making a donation to the Canadian Red Cross to support the thousands of people affected by the flooding.
IHG is using its IHG Disaster Relief Colleague Assistance Fund, which is built up by fundraising activities in its hotels and corporate offices throughout the year.
Through this fund, IHG corporate and hotel colleagues in Quebec are able to apply for financial assistance, in order to purchase items that may have been damaged or destroyed during the storms.
One of IHG’s properties, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Pointe Claire Montreal Airport, opened their doors to those who were affected by the floods, and worked alongside the Canadian Red Cross, coordinating accommodation for distressed victims affected by the flooding, as well as sponsoring Operation Montreal Flood-Hands to Heal in the Aftermath.
“A natural disaster affects everyone and we made sure to do everything in our power to help those affected. We donated a banquet room that serves as a relief and donation center for families who need a place to regroup and sponsored a Mother’s Day event that had approximately 100 guests in attendance. We are also planning a comedy fundraising event where all proceeds will go to the Canadian Red Cross. We are continuously working together to do more to help those affected,” said Mario Colucci, general manager of Holiday Inn & Suites Pointe-Claire Montreal, in a release.