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Summer 2015 Newsletter - www.cfhas.ca - Facebook - Donate

HAS celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Dr. & Mrs Melon opening the hospital, it takes us back to think about our roots


                         Friends helping in Haiti

While many people played an important role in bringing Canadian Friends of HAS into existence, our rootscan be traced to two sources:
 
  • Dr. Ev Sargeant and his wife Arlene who first worked at HAS for one year back in 1985. They took thefirst work team from Hamilton to HAS in 1996.
  • The Berquist family led by Debbie who worked at HAS from 1989-1994 and from 1997-2008; and Brad Berquist and his wife Elinor who worked at HAS from 1997-1998. Brad is currently a memberof the Grant Foundation Board and serves as Treasurer.

In early 2003, a group of Hamiltonians who had visited HAS on work teams and who had been moved by thevision of Dr. and Madame Mellon and their philosophy of Reverence for Life, decided to form an organization that would raise funds for HAS. It started with an email on April 1 st from Peter Johnson addressed to Hal Devins and David Shuttleworth. Peter, as Co-CEO of the hospital at the time, started his email by saying “There is interest in setting up a HAS office in Canada…”, and ended with “I wonder if you two could discuss this and let me know if there is any interest”.

Well, interest there was! Soon a group was formed made up of Brad Berquist, Hal Devins, Peter and Cathy Johnson, Arlene Sargeant, Dave Shuttleworth, Mark Skuse, and Roy Sheldrick. On August 1, 2003 we became directors of the Canadian Charity called Canadian Friends of HAS.

As of December 31, 2015 we have raised over $1,000,000 towards maternal and child health care for the hospital, and have introduced over 60 people from the Hamilton area to HAS through our work and awareness team visits to the hospital.

If you would like to become involved with CFHAS, or visit the hospital on a Work and Awareness Team, please contact us at www.cfhas.ca.
Canadian Friends of Hopital Albert Schweitzer will this year be supporting the Haitian Association of Hamilton, at their annual event called

 "A Taste of Haiti"  on  Saturday, August 13  at Battlefield Park in Stoney Creek.

Briefly, it is an afternoon of food & beverages (all authentically Haitian) along with music and crafts.


       We would be delighted if you'd join us! Tickets at the door are $20 for adults $10 for kids. 
 

100 HOLES  FOR  HAITI

 
IF YOU ENJOY GOLFING WITH A GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE FOR A DAY AND ENJOY GIVING MONEY TO HELP NEEDY MOTHERS AND CHILDREN IN HAITI, PLEASE JOIN US ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2016  AT BEVERLY GOLF & CC. WE NEED 36 GOLFERS WHO WILL GET PEOPLE TO SPONSOR THEM TO PLAY UP TO 100 HOLES OF GOLF IN ONE DAY. IF THIS IS YOU, PLEASE CONTACT US AT CANADIAN FRIENDS OF HOSPITAL ALBERT SCHWEITZER  THROUGH
ARLENE SARGEANT: 905-627-7734 OR HAL DEVINS: 905-383-7153 or 
DAVID MCKAY AT  dmckay2@cogeco.ca

This event will start at 7 am with a breakfast buffet before golfing starts.  At noon we will have a putting contest and lunch on the patio, then continue to golf with other new found friends.  At 5:30 you may have decided you have accomplished all the golf you can play or finish the 100.  We will gather on the patio for happy hour and dinner will be served in the dining room at 6:30 pm. We are asking that you get as many sponsors as you can so that you raise $3000 or get a partner to join you and raise $1500 each.  This event is one of the most enjoyable days for golfers and mothers and children in Haiti, through Hospital Albert Schweitzer Haiti and Stella House Orphanage in Haiti  

Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope – Nov 5th and 6th

 
Once again, CFHAS is a Charity Partner in the Hamilton Marathon Road2 Hope. This weekend of fun on Nov 5th and 6th provides a great opportunity to contribute to our fundraising efforts and to support maternal and child healthcare in Haiti. Please visit  http://hamiltonmarathon.ca/ for all the details and to sign up to walk or run in a 1K, 5K, 10K, ½ marathon or full marathon event.
 
Copyright © 2016 Canadian Friends of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer - Haiti, All rights reserved.


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