Teck Cominco has given $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to assist victims of the recent Peru earthquake. In my opinion, this is an admirable act that deserves to be followed by the rest of the Canadian mining industry.

Teck Cominco owns part of the Antamina mine in Peru. Seems they are also one hundred percent owners of a property by the name of Zafranal in southern Peru.

None of the mines in Peru were significantly affected by the earthquake, but it seems fitting nonetheless that the mining industry should step in and help a distressed nation from which it receives benefit.

Here is the complete copy of the Canadian Red Cross announcement:

Peru was hit by a series of earthquakes starting the evening of August 15, ranging from 5.8 to 7.9 in magnitude. The first quake hit 160 km from the capital of Lima with tremors being felt in the capital city. The Peruvian Red Cross was immediately dispatched to the epicentre, at the community of Pisco, to begin evaluating the damages and the needs of the people affected. There have been reports of more than 500 deaths, over 1,000 people injured and 17,000 homes destroyed, with numbers continuing to climb. Infrastructure has also been severely damaged.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has appealed for $5.5 million to support the Peruvian Red Cross operation. The Canadian Red Cross accessed emergency supplies prepositioned in Panama and sent a delegate from Montreal, Quebec to the affected area. The 22 tonnes of relief items will help 1,000 families, which includes 5,000 thermal blankets, 1,000 tarpaulins, and 1,500 kitchen sets.

Donations in Canada have been swift and generous, including a $100,000 donation from Teck Cominco. The mining company, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, provided the Canadian Red Cross with this substantial donation at the very onset of the disaster. Teck Cominco has been a very generous supporter to the Red Cross in the past - supporting the tsunami efforts in 2004 and the regional capital campaign for the Red Cross B.C. Disaster Response Centre.

Canadians wishing to support relief and recovery activities in Peru are encouraged to contribute by donating online at www.redcross.ca, calling 1-800-418-1111, or contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office. Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Peru Earthquake” and mailed to Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.

Your help is urgently needed. Please donate today.