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Canada Strong campaign launched to raise funds for victims of Iran plane crash

If you're looking for a way to help the families of those lost in the devastating plane crash that killed 176 people including 57 Canadians last week, you can now do so through a new fund.

Paramount Fine Foods founder Mohamad Fakih has launched a charitable campaign to aid those affected by the tragedy of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752, which was mistakenly shot down by Iranian fire on its way from Tehran, Iran to Kiev, Ukraine on January 8.

Fakih hopes the Canada Strong campaign will bring people together to raise $1.5 million to donate directly toward the cause through the Toronto Community Foundation, which is the same group that handled the fundraising for those impacted by the Toronto van attack and Danforth shooting.

The restaurateur is kicking off the campaign with $30,000 of his own money, and has also offered to handle any associated administrative costs. 

"If there was ever a time for all of us to come together and support one another that time is now," Fakih said at a press conference today, reports CP24. "We are one big family, the Canadian family."

All donations will go toward funeral services and other expenses incurred by the families of the victims.

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Fareen Karim at the Toronto vigil for the victims of PS752

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