January 20, 2010 4:00 PM
We're all proud of the Madisonians who have been helping in the Haitian relief effort. In fact, one of our very own from Public Health Madison Dane County was there when the earthquake happened. Public Health nurse Jennifer Weitzel-Blahnik, was there on a medical mission with a charity she co-founded called Health Ministries for Haiti. They had been working in Port-au-Prince for weeks before the quake. When it hit, she and other medical professionals got to work treating victims immediately. You can read about her experiences here http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/article_de45e808-0249-11df-9761-001cc4c03286.html.
She's now safely back home, but of course the recovery in Haiti will take years. So, lots of generous Madisonians have been organizing relief efforts and putting together fundraising events. One I hope to attend is next Tuesday, January 26th at the Cardinal Bar. It is sponsored by the Cardinal, the Madison-Arcatao Sister City Project, Community Action on Latin America and the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association. Proceeds go to the Doctors Without Borders Haiti Relief Fund.
You can also find ways to contribute by visiting the website of the American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/.
Even in the middle of this deep recession, our problems are nowhere near what the people of Haiti face. It's inspiring to see how many Madisonians are stepping up to this latest and most severe need far from our own community.