Haitians And Canadians Fundraise For Haiti

On Sunday, January 31, 2010, Calgarians are invited to a delicious brunch from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at Sunterra Village Marché, TransCanada Tower, +15 level, 450-1 Street SW to raise money for the country of Haiti which was devastated by the recent earthquake.

Valérie Dupré, a Haitian-Canadian woman active in promoting Haitian culture and causes in Calgary, and Liette Wilson who lived in Haiti for 2 years and has two children adopted in Haiti, together with Sunterra Quality Food Markets, are organizing a fundraising brunch to raise support to help the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. This event will provide an opportunity for Calgarians to show their support for the Haitian people.

The devastation in Haiti requires our immediate response in order to get emergency care to those in need as well as long term support for the survivors of this great tragedy. To that end, funds raised at the brunch will be shared between two agencies working in Haiti, Médecins Sans Frontières and Hands Across the Sea. Médecins Sans Frontières is providing urgent medical care to those injured in the earthquake. Hands Across the Sea, run by Canadian Karen Huxter, (Liette Wilson’s mother) has an orphanage and a school as well as outreach in her local community of Deschapelles, Haïti. Hands Across the Sea is involved in providing relief supplies to those directly affected by the earthquake, support for those who have fled Port-au-Prince seeking medical care at the nearby hospital as well as preparing to receive new orphans who will have lost families in the tragedy and will require long-term care.

Tickets for the brunch, which will include a Haitian dance presentation, poetry readings, music, raffle items, testimonies from Haitians in Calgary and Haitian-Canadians who were adopted into Canadian families as children, as well as guest speakers and guest speakers are $20 for individuals, $5 for children 10 years and under or $50 per family.

We are reaching out to all Calgarians whose hearts have been touched by the earthquake in Haiti. You can make a difference in the lives of the Haitian people who have lost their families, their homes, their schools….but not their hope. Your participation can save lives and enable the Haitian people to begin the process of healing and rebuilding for the future.


Liette Wilson
Board Member, Hands Across the Sea, Haïti