We Want You to Give to Haiti Relief!
And we are challenging alternative newspapers across the country to give more. We'll match up to $10,000 in gifts to PIH, which runs dozens of hospitals throughout the island nation.
|Photo by Sharon Romine|
|Publisher Kevin Thornburg (left) and director of marketing Caterina Falcone (right) handing in the $5,000 check for PIH at Tap Tap in Miami Beach last night.|
We chose PIH because of its stellar background and ability to help. It was founded by Paul Farmer, who is the deputy special UN envoy to Haiti (and a Harvard PhD in anthropology). The organization has 100 hospitals on the island mostly outside the earthquake area, so it can render aid. It presently provides health care to about a million Haitians and Charity Navigator gave it a top grade, because 94 percent of contributions go to charity (not administration). The writer Tracy Kidder even wrote a book about Farmer, who grew up in Florida.
New Times also plans to back several other events designed to raise money for the island: There will be a concert January 23 and 24 at Peacock Park starring Afrobeta, Locos Por Juana and Suenalo among others to benefit the Red Cross. And a fundraiser is planned Wednesday at the Vagabond. Gibson Guitars plans an auction.