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Love is…..
 
…..is 4 men carrying their pregnant neighbour on foot for four hours, through mountainous terrain, to reach a doctor.
 
…..a pregnant mother who spends her third trimester in bed to protect her baby from a premature birth.
 
….a donor who shares financial resources to make sure people in another country have access to healthcare.
 
There are so many ways to spread love and light in the world.   Thank you for bringing your compassion to HAS.  With each gift, you make a difference in someone’s life. 
Financial Update for the year 2020
 
Canadian Friends of HAS would like to thank everyone for their generous financial support in 2020. In spite of the challenges of the COVID19 pandemic we were able to run successful events during the year in support of Maternal and Child Health Care at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer.
 
Highlights include:
  • We were able to hold the annual Haiti Happening Dinner and Silent Auction in February just before the pandemic restrictions were put in place. We raised over $39,000.
  • Thanks to Beverly Golf and Country Club, and by following recommended guidelines, we were able to hold our 100 Holes for Haiti Golf Tournament in September. Jointly run with The Joy and Hope of Haiti, we raised over $31,000 which is our half of the proceeds.
  • When the Road2Hope Run was cancelled, we held a virtual run called Trek2HAS. People were asked to walk, run, cycle, roller blade, swim, etc. to cover the distance from Hamilton to Hȏpital Albert Schweitzer. This new event raised almost $12,000.
  • Since 2004, the Charles Johnson Charitable Fund has supported our efforts and this year continued their support with a grant of $16,500.
  • Donations from a number of regular donors, plus a general appeal, amounted to over $13,500.
 
In addition to the above, a $20,000 one-time grant from The Canadian Medical Foundation was sent to HAS for “Emergency Response to COVID19, sanitation, water, and hygiene”.
 
With the continued generosity of you, our donors, it is our hope to once more assist HAS in 2021, as we have in the past.  THANK YOU!
 
Sincerely,
CFHAS Board of Directors
SPECIAL EVENTS 

HAITI HAPPENING 
As previously mentioned the Haiti Happening dinner and silent auction for 2021 was planned for Sat. April 24 at Carmen’s Banquet Center.   However, as much as we wished the COVID pandemic was behind us, unfortunately that is not the case.    Thus, like many other organizations, the CFHAS has made the decision to turn to a virtual Haiti Happening  for this year’s event.  We are in the planning stages and further details will be forthcoming.  Please mark your calendars for Haiti Happening April 24 at 7 -7:45 PM for the virtual event on Zoom.  We look forward to you joining us! 
 
GOLF TOURNAMENT  
For the golfing fans out there, the Golf Tournament in partnership with the Joy and Hope of Haiti will be held at the Beverly Gold and Country Club on Thurs Sept.       Don’t miss out….mark your calendar now! 
 
TREK2HAS 
We had such fun last October as we collectively “walked” to the hospital in Deschapelles that we will be repeating this activity again for the month of October 2021.   Keep  those “boots” ready for a bit more walking, running, hiking and more.   
CHARLES JOHNSON CHARITABLE FUND
 
It is our pleasure this month to highlight the  Charles Johnson Charitable Fund (CJCF).  The Canadian Friends of HAS (CFHAS) have been fortunate to receive a yearly grant from this charitable organization for each of the past 17 years in support of the Maternal /  Child care at HAS.  The fund was established by the grandfather of Peter Johnson, who was one of the founding members of CFHAS.  Charles Johnson was the founder of the Johnson Wire Industries in Montreal.  He established the family foundation in 1956 to support various charitable organizations with whom his family members were involved.   We are grateful for generosity. 
WHO WAS ALBERT SCHWEITZER ?

Dr. Mellon the founder of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer was inspired to go to medical school and build a hospital after reading a Life magazine article about “The Greatest Man on Earth”…. Albert Schweitzer.   
 
Albert Schweitzer was born on January 14, 1875 in Kayserberg, Haute Alsace.  He was a very accomplished man.  Before the age of 30, he had become a Doctor of Music, Theology and Philosophy and held positions as an ordained minister,  a professor at the University of Strasbourg,  a concert organist and an author. 
 
At the age of thirty, keeping a promise he made to himself, he left this behind and started medical school in order that he could spend the remainder of his life in service to others.  Once he graduated he and his wife Helène left for Lambaréné, Gabon where he established his hospital beside the Ogawe River.  He returned to Europe from time to time when it became necessary to raise funds for his growing hospital which he did through lectures, organ recitals and writing. 
 
In 1952 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against nuclear weapons and tests. He used the prize money to build a Leper Village at the hospital. 
 
He states “ During a journey in September 1915 up the River Ogawe to Lambaréné, ….at the very moment when we passed at sunset a herd of hippopotami, suddenly the words Reverence For Life flashed before my mind, unsought, unforeseen.”  This became a philosophy for life for him, one which Dr Mellon also adopted.  The words are mounted on a wall at the entrance to HAS  in Haiti. 
 
Dr. Mellon sought Dr Schweitzer’s advice as he embarked on his medical career and idea of building a hospital such as Dr Schweitzer had.  Thus, began a lifelong correspondence between the two,  until Dr Schweitzer’s death September 4, 1965 at the  age of 90 at the hospital in Lambaréné. His grave, on the banks of the river, is marked by a cross he made himself.
 
“I believe there is reason for Hope. Hope is there like a small band of light on the sky before the sunrise.  There begins to stir in the world a new spirit, a spirit of humanity.  The terrible thing was that we fell into inhumanity without knowing it.” Albert Schweitzer.

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