Rogers Joins Telus in Donating $1M for B.C. Flood Relief; Shaw Donates $500K, Bell $25K
Rogers announced it will be donating $1 million towards B.C. flood relief, to the B.C. Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), as part of a multi-year partnership.
The BCSARA has 79 local teams and 3,000 professional volunteers that have been helping evacuations and recoveries from devastating floods in B.C.
“On behalf of our entire Rogers team, including our nearly 2,000 employees who live and work in British Columbia, I want to extend our heartfelt support to everyone impacted by the extreme weather and devastating floods across the province,” said Tony Staffieri, Interim President and CEO, Rogers Communications, in an issued statement.
“Our network teams are working around the clock to deliver critical connectivity for first responders and communities, to keep people connected to emergency resources and loved ones. We are proud to make this donation and partner with B.C. Search and Rescue to support equipment and technology needed by their vast network of professional volunteers to save lives, today and in years to come.”
Rogers customers can also donate $5 to the Canadian Red Cross by texting ROGERS to 20222 (English) or 30333 (French).
The company previously announced it will be waiving all domestic data overages and long-distance fees between November 15-30 for Rogers, Fido, and Rogers Business customers in impacted areas.
Shaw Donates $500,000 for B.C. Flood Relief
Calgary-based Shaw on Friday announced it would commit $500,000 for B.C. flood relief efforts, with funds going to the Canadian Red Cross, Food Banks BC, and local grassroots organizations.
“We are thinking of everyone impacted by this natural disaster and, like so many, we are deeply grateful to the emergency response teams and the organizations who continue to manage the devastating impacts of the past week’s storms,” says Brad Shaw, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Shaw Communications. “As flood relief efforts continue, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our customers, our employees, and help keep our communities connected.”
Shaw says it has sent out teams of network technicians to fix damaged internet and wireless infrastructure and maintain the company’s network.
The company will also “apply credits to the accounts of internet, TV, and home phone customers whose homes have been evacuated and will work with them until they are back home and safe.”
The Shaw Go WiFi network is also now open and free to everyone, where available.
Bell Donates $25,000 to Canadian Red Cross
Bell announced on Thursday it would be donating $25,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help with B.C. flood relief. Customers can also donate by texting BCFLOODS to 30333 to send $10.
— Bell (@Bell) November 18, 2021
The company is also “waiving all domestic data overages and long distance fees for impacted Bell customers until the end of the month.”