Last night I read in my local paper that the toll in Haiti in property damage, in damaged infrastructure, and most importantly in lives has reached proportions which are almost beyond catastrophic. Refugees and orphans, are beginning to arrive in Canada and elsewhere.
The outpouring of aid from ordinary citizens and from governments has been enormous, but lets face it. The task at hand is daunting and it will be years and years before the effects of what has happened begins to dwindle if ever. I am saddened by reports of the difficulties bringing aid to those in most need, but heartened that the effort continues in spite of hardship. Let us hope these efforts are maintained and that hope is kindled in the hearts of those who need it.
I would like to draw some attention to a couple of small initiatives that are happening with respect to people I know and admire.
Please click on the link and learn what Rumdood (Matt Robold) is doing to help. If you can support his initiative please do so with vigor.
As well RonJames from the Ministry of Rum posted this comment last week on the MOR Furum:
“Next Wed. Jan. 27th at 8pm EST I will be buying and cracking open a bottle of Barbancourt Reserve Speciale (8yo 5star) and posting live on this thread my impression and notes on it. I’d love it if as many of you join me. I figure this is a haitian rum that many of us can get our hands on and a live tasting might be a fitting tribute to the well wishes and hopes we all have for haiti. It might also in some small way promote a haitian product so that when trade does resume, more product will be purchased, and more money will be flowing into haiti.“
I invite all who can to link to this thread tomorrow at 8pm and join in. (Just click on the quote and you will be directed to the forum.) Let’s raise a glass for Haiti!
As well I am going to re post these links which contain information on how and where you can donate to the Haitian cause! Thank You!
PS I will be posting my first impressions of Barbancourt Reserve on the MOR forum!