Help for Haiti
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The crisis in Haiti has touched us all
January 21, 2010
â€śIâ€™m proud to say the college community is rallying in different ways to provide support to the earthquake-ravaged country in this devastating time,â€ť says Camosun President Kathryn Laurin.
Math instructor Nick Marsden is among several employees who are reaching out to offer help. Many know Nick from his volunteer work as co-president of Operation Trackshoes and his work with the Camosun Foundation.
â€śToday Iâ€™m passing on a request to help Haiti through my close friend and co-president of Operation Trackshoes, Judith Armstrong,â€ť says Nick. â€śJudith is well known for her award-winning community activism and is a local board member of the Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti (CFCH), an all-volunteer organization which supports the Haitian-run Foundation for the Children of Haiti (FCH). There they manage a childrenâ€™s hospital, a home for the disabled, a nursery and an orphanage in Port au Prince.
â€śEven after the latest aftershocks, the hospital is still active and has now been augmented by various teams of doctors and medical personnel from abroad. They urgently need the resources and supplies now to ensure they can save lives,â€ť he says.
Nick is offering to forward donations to CFCH, a registered Canadian charity. Cheques may also be sent to the Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti directly. The society deducts no administrative costs â€“ every cent goes directly to the organizers in Haiti. Tax receipts are given for any donation over $20.
Other college departments are also pitching in to help. Camosun radio station Village 900 AM is regularly broadcasting the various ways our community can donate or support the cause. Theyâ€™ve posted information on Facebook, Twitter and their website. â€śOur view is simple,â€ť says Brad Edwards, Manager of Village 900 AM. â€śWe have heard from several listeners who are concerned and want to do something. It speaks volumes as to who our listeners are. It was a natural for us to jump on board as it is our responsibility as a communications entity to convey this information.â€ť
And, Thursday, January 21, the Camosun African Awareness Committee and Arts and Scienceâ€™s Cinema Politica present a special screening of Aristide and the Endless Revolution, a film on Haitiâ€™s current political situation, 4pm in Young 216 at Lansdowne. Admission is by donation with all funds going toward disaster relief efforts in Haiti. A discussion led by a Haitian-Canadian follows the film.
For more info on help for Haiti, visit the Canadian Government international aid website. The government is matching Canadiansâ€™ charitable contributions for disaster assistance to Haiti.
Last updated: February 18, 2010 2:02 pm