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Bon Secours' Relief Efforts in Haiti
As part of its Global Ministries, Bon Secours Health System, Inc. (BSHSI) is committed to helping people in need wherever they may be in the struggle to create a more humane world. Yesterday’s earthquake striking Haiti was devastating. As you have seen on the news, much of the city of Port au Prince was demolished including the National Palace, National Cathedral, schools and government buildings. Several hundred thousand people are feared dead, many Doctors Without Borders staff are missing, the prison has collapsed, inmates escaped, outcome of the hospital unknown, and many people trapped in collapsed U.N. headquarters, plus much more.
- BSHSI is working in conjunction with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), and other Catholic health systems on a plan of action for providing relief support. This plan will address the relief needs on two levels: Short Term and Long Term. On the short term basis, cash is what is needed. BSHSI will immediately send $50,000 to CRS and CMMB to begin relief efforts. All employee donations up to a total of $100,000 to the BSMF for the Haiti Relief Fund will be matched by BSHSI.
- Bon Secours Richmond Health System will match financial contributions by staff and volunteers up to a total of $50,000 to the Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing’s Haiti Outreach Program and the Salva Vida program which was co-founded by Dr. Fred McGlynn and has extensive experience in Haiti. Please contact the Bon Secours Richmond Foundation at (804) 287-7700 to make a donation.
- Health professionals (especially those fluent in French and/or Creole) who are interested in volunteering their time should contact Julie Bondy, Manager of Community Volunteers, at firstname.lastname@example.org.