Miami (Vocus) March 20, 2010
A Scientology-sponsored ship is loading up with supplies for Haiti, including wood-burning stoves from the charity founded by the Lola Poisson-Joseph, wife of the Haitian Ambassador to the United States. The 896-ton Hornbeam, a former U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, is transporting more than 165 tons of cargo to Haiti including an ambulance, a school bus and more than 20,000 Meals Ready to Eat.
In a dockside ceremony welcoming the Hornbeam to Miami, North Miami Beach City Councilmember John Patrick Julien presented the Scientology Volunteer Ministers with the key to the City of North Miami Beach on behalf of Mayor Myron Rosner and a proclamation dedicating the day to a Scientology Volunteer Ministers for their work in Haiti.
Also present were Phillip Brutus, former Florida State Representative and current candidate for U.S. Congress; Daphne D. Campbell, RN, Haitian community leader and candidate for the Florida State House of Representatives; Marleine Bastien, executive director and co-founder of Haitian American Women Association (FANM) and the Haiti Relief Task Force; and Marie Yolaine Ferdilus, co-chair of Haitian Relief Task Force and founder of Legal Protection of America.
The supplies on the “Lifeboat for Haiti,” scheduled to depart for Haiti this coming week, were donated by more than a dozen churches, charities and groups and will be delivered to schools, orphanages, hospitals, churches and disaster response groups in Haiti, including the Notre Dame de la Naiveté Orphanage, AIMER Haiti, Operation Compassion, and the Scientology Haiti, Disaster Response Team, which has provided emergency relief services in Haiti for the past two months.
Since the January 12 earthquake, the Church of Scientology has transported more than 450 medical professionals and 300 Volunteer Ministers to Haiti. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to provide support to doctors, nurses and EMTs, deliver food and water to the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps, and help with reconstruction, disaster response training and trauma relief.
For more information on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit their web site at blog.volunteerministers.org.
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