Toronto— Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the annual fundraising dinner honouring 10 years of charitable work and disaster relief by Humanity First Canada, a humanitarian relief organization operated by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The Prime Minister was joined by several federal and provincial ministers including Ed Holder, Chris Alexander, Julian Fantino, and Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation.
The Prime Minister thanked the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community for leading one of the largest fundraising efforts in Canada to help prevent the spread of Ebola in Africa. He outlined a number of new initiatives by Canadian government to help contain the Ebola outbreak, including deploying Canadian troops, medical personnel and recruitment of Canadian healthcare workers.
Lastly, the Prime Minister expressed his deep appreciation for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada for condemning the recent deadly terrorist attacks on Canadian Armed Forces personnel and for helping counteract youth radicalization in Canada.
Harper said, “It is an honour to join Humanity First Canada in celebrating 10 years of important charitable work around the world. I am pleased that they have joined international efforts to fight Ebola and that the proceeds from tonight’s dinner will go towards responding to the outbreak in West Africa.”
He added, “ I would also like to thank the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada for their unequivocal condemnation of the terrorist attacks on Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo in October and for the steps they have taken to counteract youth radicalization in Canada. They have our respect and appreciation for helping to keep Canada the peaceful and tolerant nation we all love.”
The fundraising dinner starting with silent prayer for the over 17,000 affected people and over 6000 people killed due to Ebola, the special prayer was led by the National President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Lal Khan Malik. Malik thanked all the volunteers of Humanity First for their dedicated services and assistance in the Ebola effected regions, and concluded with presenting a $50,000 donation on the behalf of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
This story originally appeared on The Weekly Voice.