Saturday, January 16, 2010

Canadians Helping Haiti - Earthquake Disaster Relief - links to online resources

from Google earth - by rickall

Disaster relief and emergency service organizations worldwide are mobilizing worldwide to provide help to earthquake stricken Haiti. Donations are sorely needed. It has been reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have already donated $1 million dollars to support Doctors Without Borders. The US Red Cross has raised more than $35 million dollars. The Canadian government has announced it will match donations made to any Canadian charity for Haiti earthquake disaster relief - so your donations have twice the impact.

There are many appeals for public donations. I recommend you direct your donations to registered charities with proven disaster relief capacities AND personnel “on the ground” in Haiti backed by immediate mobilization plans to put more front line emergency service workers and volunteers in place as well as deliver critical supplies and food immediately.

In Canada, donate to:

The Salvation Army at
The Red Cross at
World Vision at
Mennonite Central Committee at

Although I have no immediate plans to put together a Project417 relief team, (our last trip was to Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston County, San Leon, Texas in Dec 2008), I’ll be supporting our partners at the Salvation Army Canada and the Canadian Red Cross. Also check back to the blog here, once immediate relief efforts are no longer needed the emphasis will switch to rebuilding and reconstruction for many years. Haiti is still recovering from severe hurricane devastation over the last two years and now the need for both short and long term volunteer missions to rebuild communities will intensify. With experience following both Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike, I’ll be looking for the most effective way to put together a volunteer team -- most probably with The Fuller Center for Housing, who were already building new homes in Haiti when the earthquake hit. The late Millard Fuller was the founder of Habitat for Humanity. Stay tuned - Join me!

News from Geneva – (ICRC) finding missing family members:

The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a special website to help thousands of people within Haiti and abroad who have lost contact with their loved ones. Haitians as well as family members around the world can log on to register a missing loved one at

or this short link at

Together caring and giving Canadians and friends worldwide can make a real difference to our suffering neighbors in Haiti.

Thanks ~ Andy ( follow @canayjun and @MeteorTel on Twitter)

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Friday, January 1, 2010

maxlroze - a portrait

@maxlroze is family. She sent me a small portrait taken on a cellphone. I loved the pose and composition so I decided to make a Christmas gift of it (well Chrismukkah actually). I'd had some sucess with the new Photoshop for iPhone app, so I gave it a try for the first edit, then finished it for printing with Paint.NET

This is one version, printed as an 8 x 10
Max - the 8x10

Max is the new Promoter - Entertainment Co-Ordinator for Waltz Live Music on King St. in downtown Hamilton. She's responsible for  booking all the bands and acts. She says, "Gonna be a rockin' 2010!" and if you're a high energy up and coming band in the Golden Horseshoe, then you should definitely be connecting with her on Twitter.

There's a set on Flickr which shows the evolution of the small mobile photo to the final edited versions. The actual gift print was an 11x17 at Options in Port Credit:  Options is an example of a "Social Purpose Enterprise" that combines a social mission with a business operation – an exciting model that offers huge benefits to the community. Options Mississauga prepares people who have an intellectual disability with the skills necessary to obtain meaningful employment in the community. If you're in the GTA and use Kinkos or KwikCopy or similar service, I highly recommend Options as a socially responsible alternative for all your printing needs. Enjoy.

Oh yeah - Happy NEW YEAR, have a great one!