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Gabriel Pizza holds weekend fundraiser for Lebanon


August 7, 2020
By Canadian Pizza

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Ottawa – Ottawa-area pizza franchise Gabriel Pizza will donate $2 from the sale of each pizza to Canadian Red Cross emergency relief efforts in Beirut in a #PIZZAFORBEIRUT fundraising campaign.

On Aug. 4 a massive explosion shook Lebanon’s capital of Beirut. Buildings were levelled, cars tossed into the air, windows and doorways blown out. Reports indicated that the blast was felt as far as Cyprus, more than 200 kilometres away.

Gabriel Pizza founder and CEO Michael Hanna immigrated from the country in 1968. In 1977, the Hanna family opened the doors to the very first location and decades later, Gabriel Pizza remains closely connected to its Lebanese roots through the family, employees, friends and our many amazing franchisees.

Gabriel Pizza recognizes the importance of supporting the community, and today Lebanon is calling on the world to help, the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec franchise said in a news release. Gabriel Pizza is working with the Canadian Red Cross on a campaign called #PIZZAFORBEIRUT. From this Friday to Sunday, stores will donate $2 from the sale of each pizza to the emergency relief efforts in Beirut.

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“We are deeply saddened by the horrific explosion in Lebanon. The citizens of Lebanon are strong and resilient, but they need our help,” president George Hanna said. “We encourage the Canadian-Lebanese business community to rally behind this beautiful country with their own fundraising efforts.”

Money raised will enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help individuals in Lebanon affected by the ongoing humanitarian crises now and as the situation evolves from the recent explosion. The public can donate directly towards the Red Cross efforts in Lebanon through the Canadian Red Cross portal.