Friday, January 15, 2010

Doctors Without Borders

Hi everyone,

The following note came in from Howard Shore's manager today. Without deviating from the blog's purpose too greatly, I've been wanting to do something regarding the current situation in Haiti. Perhaps posting this letter in its entirety is the most elegant solution. Please read the letter below, and if you feel compelled to act, by all means, click the link. I know we're all facing some harsh economic realities at the moment, so I trust the good readers of this blog to gauge their own comfort levels.

Thank you,



Dear Doug,

Hope all is going well, and Happy 2010!

I'm writing to you about something that is very close to my heart at this time...

As you know, the recent earthquake in Haiti has proved to be one of the worst disasters we have seen in years. It has shaken the small nation to its core, from the astonishing death toll, to the angst that so many people are currently feeling as they are still unable to contact their friends and relatives. I believe that those of us who are fortunate and able to lend a hand need to show our support during this extremely difficult time, and help this nation recover from what is clearly a terrible tragedy.

I am extremely passionate about the wonderful organization, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres). This humanitarian group provides vital medical aid to people in almost 60 countries who have been stricken with catastrophe and violence. Now more than ever, they need your help to tackle the current state of Haiti and those people injured by the damaging earthquake. The organization has already treated more than 1,000 victims since the earthquake struck only 2 days ago. However, there is so much more to be done. Currently, the organization has been conducting their medical work in 4 tented facilities in Port-Au-Prince. An inflatable field hospital is due to arrive within the next 24 hours, which will allow for more people to receive the attention they so desperately need; but there is still an overwhelming number of people who need treatment and, in some cases, major surgery. Doctors Without Borders is working day and night to ensure the affected region has the best surgeons, medical supplies, and shelter. However, such basic necessities such as food and water are still in very short supply, given that the region was already impoverished.

This selfless work cannot be done without our help. Will you join me in making a donation to this wonderful organization?

To donate to Doctors Without Borders, please click here.

Any amount you are able to give will make a difference.

Thank you for your consideration of this very important cause, and I wish you a wonderful 2010.

All best,
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