As COVID-19 continues to take a significant toll on populations in China and other countries around the world, Gowling WLG is urging its peers in the global business community to join it in supporting the Red Cross's relief efforts.
Gowling WLG has itself donated $10,000 to these efforts through a dedicated portal launched recently by the Canada China Business Council (CCBC), which to date has raised nearly $200,000.
"As we continue to carefully monitor the spread of COVID-19 around the world, our thoughts are with everyone whose lives and businesses have been so severely disrupted by this event," said Peter Lukasiewicz, chief executive officer of Gowling WLG Canada.
"Our firm is home to growing offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, and many of our colleagues, clients and close friends are among those affected by the outbreak - which also continues to have a residual impact on the Chinese Canadian business community," said Thomas J. Timmins, chief representative for Gowling WLG Canada in Beijing and leader of the firm's Canadian Energy Group.
"With these concerns top of mind, we are eager to support the CCBC's campaign and demonstrate our solidarity with the Chinese community, at home and abroad. We strongly encourage others to do the same."
How you can help
Those wishing to contribute may do so through the CCBC's secure Canadian Red Cross portal at the links below:
Should you wish to donate by cheque, please make cheques out to Canadian Red Cross Society with "CCBC Coronavirus Appeal" in the Memo Line. Mail to Canadian Red Cross, Attn: Crystal Ruis; 21 Randolph Ave, 4th Floor; Toronto, ON M6P 4G4.
Questions about donations can be directed to Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director of the CCBC at sarah[at]ccbc.com, or +1 416-294-2990.
About Gowling WLG in China
With representative offices in Guangzhou and Beijing - as well as an established market presence internationally - Gowling WLG offers a crucial combination of legal expertise and cultural awareness through our dedicated China Initiative. From foreign direct investment, to dispute resolution, to regulatory affairs and intellectual property concerns, our professionals in China, Canada and elsewhere around the world deliver successful outcomes to clients of all sizes and across multiple sectors. Learn more about Gowling WLG in China.