Friday, January 15, 2010
We’ve all heard the terrible news from Haiti, about the catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation on Tuesday, devastating thousands of lives. And while it’ll likely take years for its people to return to normalcy—whatever that may be in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country—the good news is the global community has quickly pulled together to aid the impoverished nation. Looking for ways to join the relief effort? Organizations like the Red Cross, UNICEF's Earthquake Fund and former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Foundation are reliable institutions to make a monetary donation. As is Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation, a non-profit organization the musician started in 2005 to assist his native land (yes, there’s much more to Wyclef than his tuned up physique and crazy-good entertaining abilities). Even local charities are playing a role in disaster relief. In Bermuda, island residents can donate to the Bermuda Red Cross, which is accepting donations via bank account (Bank of Bermuda #010-187417-011; Bank of Butterfield #20-006-060-663859-200) as is the local branch of the Salvation Army (Bank of Bermuda #010-202-539-001 or donate online here). Want to eat your way to salvation? Then head to Bermuda Bistro at the Beach on Thursday, January 21, when the Front Street bar hosts an all-you-can-eat ribs and curry chicken dinner for $19.95—half of which will get donated directly to Red Cross Haitian Relief. I don’t know about you but I’m feeling very hungry at the moment. So, what are you waiting for? Even the smallest donations can help so I'll make it easy for you. Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund. You'll make me, and Wyclef, incredibly proud.