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Calcutta Rescue Canada

A picture is worth a thousand words...

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The images above are from a 1989 documentary, Beyond Charity, filmed by John Versteege in Calcutta. Recently John went back to Kolkata and produced a new video that you can see here:

Calcutta Rescue is a registered charity in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. Its mission is to help the most destitute of Kolkata and West Bengal with medical clinics, schools, and vocational training. Calcutta Rescue provides assistance to men, women and children regardless of caste or religion.

Main Calcutta Rescue Website

International Support Groups

Founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Jack Preger, Calcutta Rescue was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation prize for Best Charity in India (medium size budget category). Several support groups around the world support the work of Dr. Jack and his team of workers. Calcutta Rescue Canada is the Canadian support group and a registered charity that has been actively helping since October 2006.

Since Calcutta Rescue Canada was registered, with the help of our generous supporters, we have been able to contribute to the Rural Health Program, the Removal of arsenic from water Program (sponsored by the Rotarians in Kingston), and recently, most of our funds have been allocated to education and the vocational training centre.

Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to send over $300,00.00 to Kolkata. But so much more is needed...

To donate here in Canada and receive a charitable receipt:

To donate in other countries go to

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If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact one of the members of the 

Calcutta Rescue Canada Executive:  

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Gerry Bissett (President) is our liaison with the Canadian community. Gerry is an educational and management consultant and his help, technical, as well as logistical, continues to be extremely appreciated. Gerry is currently in the throes of establsihing new centres throughout the country. Meanwhile, the Kingston Centre cointinues to thrive.

Danielle Aird, founder of Calcutta Rescue Canada is a retired business owner and writer, continues to spearhead CRC in the Kingston area. Danielle was the prime mover in getting CRC "off the ground" in 2006. Her work since then has been instrumental in ensuring Calcutta Rescue Canada's success in raising funds for the destitute and sick in Kolkata.

Over the years there have been many individuals and organizations who have helped Cacutta Rescue Canada in the support of the "poorest of the poor".


• Ali, Weiss and families, owners of Curry Original, for their generous, steadfast support.

• Jan Singleton of the Kingston Antique Market for all her help and her generosity for our fundraising booth at the Sunday Antique Market

• The Cataraqui-Kingston Rotary Club

• The Rotary Club of Kingston Frontenac

• The Rotary Club of Kingston

• Mark Peabody Construction, Kingston

• Queen’s Alumni Association for their timely and generous donation of $1,500. in 2006, to help us start Calcutta Rescue, Canada. What a wonderful kick start !

• Dr. Andrew W. Stradling and Ms Janet O'Brien, Rossland, BC.

• All our volunteers, all busy people, yet, they so enthusiastically donate of their time.

• All our supporters.

Since the early years there have been many more, including :

  • Pierre from Longueuil, QC for sponsoring school for 6 children for one year!

  • John Versteege for his outstanding video

  • Everyone who took part in the walk celebrating Dr. Jack's 90th birthday fundraiser

  • Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation: Landmann Family Fund


To all of you, Thank You!

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