The public is encouraged to contribute to the fund, which will be used to help community relief efforts.
“This is a devastating event for everyone in the community of Elliot Lake and our thoughts are with them,” Al Suraci, CEO of Northern Credit Union, said in a news release. “The mall is a major employer in Elliot Lake and many people and businesses will be affected for some time. It is at times like these that coming together in a cooperative effort can make an important difference.”
Northern Credit Union has contributed the first $5,000 to the Elliot Lake Relief Fund. Public contributions are welcome at any Northern Credit Union branch. For a list of branch locations, please visit northerncu.com.
The roof of the Algo Centre Mall collapsed around 2:20 p.m. June 23. The roof, which serves as a parking area, came crashing down through two floors.
Rescue efforts were called off by officials on Monday because it was felt the structure was too unstable to send rescue crews into the building. It is believed at least one person is trapped in the rubble of the building.
After the public expressed outrage at the decision and Premier Dalton McGuinty appealed for the work to continue, officials changed their minds. Heavy equipment has been brought in to help with the effort.
MPP Mike Mantha has requested military assistance be provided as well.
Posted by Mark Gentili