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August 25, 2003
Toronto EMS paramedics collecting donations for Sri Lanka
Emergency Medical Services - A group of Toronto EMS paramedics are collecting
donations of equipment from various Toronto hospitals tomorrow to support their
trip to Sri Lanka in the fall. This mission will help restore the medical
infrastructure to an area devastated by more than 20 years of civil war.

On November 7, a team of Toronto EMS paramedics and emergency department nurses
from Mount Sinai and Toronto Western Hospital will travel to war-torn northern
Sri Lanka to start the Emergency Medicine Capacity Building Project by Global
Medic. Global Medic is the operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson
Foundation (DMGF).

This project will deliver more than $300,000 worth of donated medical
equipment, in addition to equipping six ambulances and distributing over 10,000
textbooks to area schools. The project will also train doctors and nurses from
four provincial hospitals and 28 paramedics from land-mine clearance agencies.
They also plan to build a school and install a water purification system in a
local orphanage.

All donated equipment comes from a Toronto EMS boot, clothing and equipment
drive; and the generous donations of surplus and used equipment from emergency
medical services providers, suppliers and hospitals throughout Canada.

Tomorrow, team members will be going around the city collecting donations from
various Toronto hospitals. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the team,
see the equipment and learn more about the programs run by Global Medic.

Date: Tuesday, August 26

Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: EMS 34 Station, 674 Markham Street (north of Bloor St., one street
west of Bathurst St.)

Media contact:
Rahul Singh, Toronto EMS, 416-998-7813 (cell)



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