We followed the news carefully about the events in Chile and came across the AllChile.net forum. We immediately offered our assistance and sent over a donation in order to help with their efforts.
Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) March 6, 2010
UltraClenz, LLC, a Florida-based hand hygiene technology firm, donated US$1,000 (one thousand US dollars) on Friday, 5th March 2010 to help a local group of foreigners living in Chile (expats) with their earthquake relief efforts in Southern Chile. The team made up of members from the AllChile.net Forum led by Charles Spencer (General manager of Spencer Global) and his wife Zandra Valenzuela (Chilean Attorney at Law), have been working diligently since the 8.8 magnitude earthquake struck Chile a week ago. Even though Charles and Zandra themselves were affected by the earthquake and had no power and limited internet access, they immediately started working on locating members and assisting all the foreigners. Members of the forum have been posting news and have been assisting in finding missing people throughout the various affected regions.
On Thursday, 4th March, Charles announced "We have a plane, 2 American doctors (one is an OBGYN), a warehouse in Temuco full of food and other supplies. We will start flights out of Temuco to towns going north up the coast. We will do recon flights until we find a town that needs help, unload doctors and medical supplies, collect the info on what else they need and continue from their. We need help to cover cost of fuel and buying medical supplies. Our goal is to have this fully operational by Saturday." The small aircraft, donated by Vince Beasley in Puerto Varas, Chile is Cessna 206 equipped as a "Bush Plane" in Alaska, where the plane worked for many years. It has 6 seats and can carry 5 passengers. Five of the seats can be removed to allow cargo inside. There is also an external cargo compartment that can carry up to 300 pounds (136 kg.).
Shortly after his announcement, donations started rolling in. "We followed the news carefully about the events in Chile and came across the AllChile.net forum. We saw that this group of foreigners living in Chile were trying to get aid to the smaller more remote areas of the south, the coastal towns. We immediately offered our assistance and sent over a donation in order to help with their efforts.", said Marina Willis, president of UltraClenz.
Charles also announced on Saturday that the Chilean government has given the 2 doctors provisional licenses to practice medicine in Chile. "Our pilot has picked the doctors up where they live in the Patagonia. They have gone to Puerto Montt where a government health ministry agent met them and formally served them in person with the licenses. They are now in Temuco ready to go. We currently have hanger space confirmed at Temuco airport from the flying club of Temuco for us to operate out of. Mayor University is helping us coordinate the logistics inside Temuco." Charles also mentioned that he will post pictures on AllChile.net in order to let everyone follow along with what is going on.
As operations begun, The AllChile.net team set up a back office in Temuco airport. Charles and Zandra have provided printers, fax machines, computers and volunteers are rolling in to help with IT and logistics. The Temuco Flying Club has also added more planes to the operation. Hotel Bayern in Temuco has donated an apartment for the doctors and their family as well as for Vince (the pilot).
"Our hope is that companies and people around the world will offer their assistance and make charitable donations in order to help groups like AllChile.net speed up the recovery process in countries that are affected by these natural disasters." said Marina Willis.
AllChile.net is asking for donations in order to help with fuel and medical supplies. They are also asking for funds to bring in fire fighter gear donated by Fire Fighters in the US into Chile. Unlike most countries, all fire fighters in Chile are volunteers. They were receiving funds using PayPal but as they are not a registered charity, PayPal has blocked the account. Charles is asking for donations to be made via Western Union (Charles Spencer, Temuco, Chile) or via wire transfer (details can be found on the AllChile.net forum). If you do make a donation by Western Union, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know.
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