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Over 60 students received certificates and plaques at the 2nd Annual Graduation exercise of the Pranav Ashram Hindu College Children's Education Program held at the Humberwood Community Centre on September 11, 2004. The students made a grand cultural presentation to a large, appreciative audience. Certificates/plaques were handed out by prominent leaders of the community including Real Estate magnate Jay Brijpaul, prominent lawyer and community activist Dhaman Kissoon and Detective John McGown of Toronto Police 31 Division. In picture above, the kids pose with their teacher Swami Bhajananandaji after the graduation. Pix by Ramesh Ramkhalawan

Businesses support hurricane relief efforts

Toronto Recognizing the havoc that hurricane Ivan created in the Caribbean two weeks ago, especially in the island of Grenada, many local businesses have joined with others across the globe to offer support and tangible help to alleviate the sufferings of those affected.

Western Union, the money transfer giant, has announced that it will take an active role in supporting Red Cross Hurricane Ivan relief efforts.

Until September 25, Western Union Canada will make no fee accounts available to customers who wish to make a personal donation and will match these donations up to $10,000 Can.

Cash Money, a Western Union agent across Canada also committed to matching up to $10,000 Can in donations made through their locations.

Funds raised will be forwarded to the Canadian Red Cross 2004 Hurricane Relief Fund.

Western Union also is offering fee reductions for transactions to Jamaica, Grenada and the Cayman Islands.

Laparkan Shipping, a giant Caribbean shipping entity, is offering incentives for people to pitch in and help.

The company announced that "relatives, friends and organizations in the USA and Canada who would like to assist by sending supplies and relief to their relatives and friends, are being offered specially reduced prices on all barrels and packages to Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Jamaica until October 31, 2004.

Mr. Glen Khan, Chairman of Laparkan said, "We encourage everyone to show that they do care about our communities and neighbors. Our brothers and sisters urgently need our help and our support," the Chairman appealed.

For further information on how you can help, call your Canadian Laparkan Office at 416-292-4370. In the US, dial 1 718-BARRELS; in Miami dial 305-836-4393.

And in Toronto, Ian, the proprietor of Tennessee International Freight Inc., one of the much used shipping companies in the city, announced a "Hurricane Relief Special" to the island of Jamaica. Full container loads of shipment to that island will be charged at cost to the shipper. For a 40' container, the charge for shipping will amount to US $2100.

Since the Hurricane struck, individuals, organizations, businesses and governments have joined the effort to bring relief to those affected.


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