Cargill boosts funds for Ronald McDonald House
Cargill employees from Spruce Grove have raised $38,500 by turning an annual employee hockey tournament into a charity event in support of Ronald McDonald House Northern Alberta.
The tournament included six Cargill teams, two McDonald’s teams and two additional teams from Edmonton.
Cargill has been supporting RMHC Houses in London, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and northern Alberta for over 10 years. Cargill’s most established annual fundraising event is the annual Fore the Houses golf tournament which raised over $320,000 last year.
Martin Dugas, executive director of Ronald McDonald House in northern Alberta, said that a result of all the support they have received from Cargill they are able to serve nearly 2,600 people annually. Their services include education, family life and recreation, volunteer activities and family supports, and a meal program.
Kazakhstan sees booming grain exports
reuters / Kazakhstan expects to export around 15 million tonnes of grain in the current marketing year and wants to boost them further by building a new terminal on the Caspian Sea. The country more than doubled its grain harvest to 27 million tonnes last year, but exports beyond Kazakhstan’s core markets of Central Asia, Iran and Afghanistan are hampered by a shortage of rail wagons. High rail freight costs for exports from the landlocked nation make its grain more expensive compared to its main Black Sea rivals Russia and Ukraine.
However, windswept Aktau, laid out on a shell-rock plateau 2,600 kilometres southwest of the capital Astana, provides gateway to the Caspian and a direct link to Iran. A new terminal slated for there would be able to handle 1.5 million to two million tonnes annually.