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100 Holes for Haiti Fundraiser (2015)

On Thursday, September 17th, 36 golfers will participate in the “100 Holes for Haiti” fundraiser at the Beverly Golf & Country Club. Supported by donations from themselves, their family and friends, these golfers will have the private Beverly Club completely to themselves for the entire day. The day of golfing and camaraderie will end with a dinner and a program of education about Canadian Friends of HAS and Joy and Hope of Haiti (the two organizations that join forces for this event).

The “100 Holes for Haiti” event is in support of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (Maternal & Child Health) in Deschapelles and Stella House Orphanage in Cap Haitien. Last year, using the proceeds from this fundraiser, the hospital and orphanage were each sent $43,500 to support the excellent work they do for the children of Haiti.

If you have a desire to help support the children of Haiti, or to learn more about the hospital and orphanage, you have several options.

1. You can sign up as a golfer and commit to fundraising.

2. You can support one of the golfers by making a donation to the event.

3. You can ask for a reservation at the dinner & education program.

To choose any of these options, or to get further information, contact

Dave McKay (dmckay2@cogeco.ca).
 
Run with CFHAS in this years ROAD2HOPE Marathon
 
Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 1K (Costume Run), 5K, 10K 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay & Full Marathon
Confederation Park, Hamilton

This year,our Road 2 Hope team are on a mission to raise enough money to "Fund a Doc", which, at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer is "only" $24,000. As we all know, every day a doctor does so many things to sometimes improve, sometimes save lives. We're counting on you, as always, to spread the word. We've been looking for ways to involve families, especially those with young children. So do what you can. Bring a kid and have fun at the 1 km, or do some training, get yourself in shape with a goal of finishing one of the longer distances, 5 km, 10 km, or even the half or full marathon. Think how good you'll feel!  If running doesn't turn your crank, do some fundraising, and help us cross the finish line with a doctor's salary in hand!

Please register by contacting Ginny Megin (99ginnym@gmail.com)

HAS Copes with Increased Cholera Threat from Drought

Three-year-old Dawesley came to HAS last week in critical condition. He had been experiencing severe vomiting and diarrhea, and, by the time he got to the hospital, he had fallen into a coma. HAS staff immediately administered oxygen and rehydration therapy, and in just two days Dawesley was well on the road to recovery. Dawesley is the first confirmed case of cholera at HAS this year.
 

Most cholera cases in Haiti occur in the rainy summer months, especially June and July, as rainfall spreads the waterborne bacteria.  Though Haiti has been experiencing drought conditions this year, the number of cholera cases registered throughout the country has recently increased.

Why is this?   Because a drought actually fosters growth of cholera bacteria.  The lack of rainfall leads to below-average river flows, air temperatures are higher than normal, and solar radiation is more intense from reduced cloud cover.  The shallow rivers are warmed to a temperature optimal for cholera reproduction.

Once a heavy rain does fall (as has happened recently in the region we serve), the water mixes with the soil containing the Vibrio cholerae bacteria and “doses” the river with pathogens.  Within a week of this rainfall, cholera bacteria have greatly multiplied and outbreaks are likely to occur.  Dawesley started having symptoms of cholera about one week after a major storm.

Though cholera is extremely difficult to eradicate from the environment once it has become endemic to a place, prediction and prevention are achievable goals.[1] Changing climate patterns pose a challenge, yet we can anticipate new trends based on these changes.  For example, HAS concentrates preventive activities and education about cholera during the summer months, yet focuses these efforts even more heavily right after a rainstorm.

Prevention is key to reducing the incidence of cholera as much as possible in our area and throughout Haiti to keep people healthy and active; when those who cannot prevent the illness, like Dawesley, need fast, life-saving care, they can always find it at HAS

[1] Antarpreet Jutla,* Elizabeth Whitcombe, Nur Hasan, Bradd Haley, Ali Akanda, Anwar Huq, Munir Alam, R. Bradley Sack, and Rita Colwell. “Environmental Factors Influencing Epidemic Cholera.” Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2013 Sep 4; 89(3): 597–607. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3771306/

CFHAS Fall Startup
 
After a somewhat quiet time through the summer, Canadian Friends will resume our customary round of activities and meetings.
  • 100 Hole Golf Committee - September 8th
  • Administration Committee - September 9th
  • Board Meeting - September 11th 
  • Haiti Happening Committee - September 21st
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