Bringing hope to Haiti
A MISSION to rebuild an orphanage and school in earthquake-ravaged Haiti will be the focus of a fundraiser at the Coffs Harbour Golf Club on Saturday night.
Led by inspirational speaker Michael Crossland, a group of Coffs Coast residents visited Haiti last year to see what they could do after the country was rocked by a catastrophic magnitude-7 earthquake in 2010.
"Whilst we were there we did some work building a school in the mountain village of Bouvier for 120 students," Michael said.
"Now we plan to raise funds to buy land on which we can build a new school because we believe so passionately that all children deserve an education and a safe loving environment.
"It broke our hearts learning about the devastation and real pain these children deal with each day and we left feeling so honoured to have made somewhat of a difference in their lives.
During the visit the group also stopped at an overcrowded orphanage, so badly damaged the building had virtually no walls.
"When it rains the children are soaked in their spring beds, which have no mattresses.
"As many as three kids share single beds and they are living inhumanely with no fresh water, no electricity and no toilets. The group plans to return and rebuild the orphanage.
To help their cause turn out at Saturday night's Hope 4 Haiti fundraiser at the golf club.
Tickets are $40, including a two-course meal and entertainment from David Moye. Arrival is 6.30pm for 7pm.