ONEXONE Honorary Chair Frank McKenna and Ambassador Matt Damon announce Foundation's $3 million commitment to hospital in Haiti
Toronto, September 11, 2010
ONEXONE Honorary Chair, Frank McKenna and Ambassador Matt Damon today announced the Foundation's $3 million dollar commitment to fund the construction of a state of the art pediatric ward..
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CTV News Channel: Joey Adler, ONEXONE Interview
The founder of OneXOne went to Haiti to deliver aid on the ground, and describes a completely devastating scene. She explains that after the emergency relief, there is a lot more rebuilding that will need to be done.
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An Awakening- A Journey to Port-au-Prince, Haiti
April 2nd , 2010 - 3:45 pm, est.
My name is Sam Gilbert and I just graduated high school and am on my way to college. I am told often, that I belong to the generation with the power to change the world. Since grade school, I have been exposed to many of the world’s hardships; whether it be the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami in Asia or the most recent earthquake in Haiti. I am not sure I ever really saw it, or understood it for that matter until I traveled to Haiti on March 22, 2010.
My first ever visit to the Haitian capital city, Port-au-Prince began even before I stepped foot outside the plane and onto the tarmac...Read more.
Haiti Forever - Mission 7 - A New Perspective
March 31, 2010 - 3:45 pm, est.
Joey texts at 10:02 am: Maria, there is another flight to Haiti, if I can’t go would you like to go with Jude?” I will never forget that text. When I called Joey, instead of asking how she was feeling, the words “Of course” immediately escaped from my mouth.
The journey begins. In Toronto, Mr Ian Clarke introduces everyone and I finally meet Jude, Alain and Loune; together we head for the AC jets. I can now feel the adrenaline start kicking into high gear as we prepare to board. Loune explains she took a short break away from Haiti but is going back because she knows how much needs to be done. Loune’s job is to analyze all emergencies within the area and allocate the proper resources...Read more.
Haiti Forever - Mission 6 - Chapter 3 - The Finale
Feb 23, 2010 - 9:45 pm, est.
On the flight coming down were some very nice people from AirCastle, the large corporation who lease airplanes to Airline companies around the world. The plane we flew down on Tuesday was their contribution to the Haiti missions and they would like to do more.
Canadian Tire is an example of a company that worked within their model, by supplying tents and flashlights, perfect items that were needed...Read more.
One of the most important messages of the last 4 weeks is that “Business” have used their existing business model to make a difference. It wasn't just about writing a cheque - although ultimately the financial implications are the same. It was more about using their core values and their particular resources to help. This is truly an important message for all of us.
Working together, we can make a difference
Feb 18, 2010 - 3:36 pm, est.
Mission 6 chapter 2
We are on the flight. Jude has just introduced me to Davinder who is a businessman and Ajmer who is a recently retired Air Canada employee. They are both part of the International Punjabi Foundation. They were approached by an organization in UK to help get crutches to Haiti. They called all the big NGO’s for help but were not helped. Then they reached out to ONEXONE and Air Canada through the web sites. Given Ajmer is a past employee, he was able to get some help from Rick Tanner, Paul Roach, Steve Tang and Peter Hurst, all of whom are AC employees who helped him connect the dots.
Last week Jude helped by getting half the shipment of crutches down and the balance is now being delivered on this flight.
But this is just the beginning of the most incredible story...Read more.
Our Sixth Mission to Haiti - with an even Larger Load of Supplies
Feb 16, 2010 - 7:23 am, est.
Mission 6 chapter 1
If anyone had told me on January 16th that after the initial flight to Haiti we would make 5 more for a total of 6; well, I would never have believed it.
This flight is the 6th and probably the last humanitarian flight run by Air Canada. They have delivered close to 500,000 lbs of which 70 percent was ONEXONE aid for Partners in Health; medicine, medical equipment, tents, food and water.
The dedication and commitment by Air Canada is 100 percent the reason we are here today for another flight. From the top management to the flight attendants to the folks who pack and load, this has been a labor of love... Read more.
Our Fifth Mission, Our Biggest Load of Supplies
Feb 10, 2010 - 1:21 pm, est.
Mission 5 chapter 1
I am actually in a great mood as I leave Montreal at 5:30 am to catch a flight to Toronto, its Feb 10th and we are headed to Haiti for Mission number 5.
There are over 33k kilos of goods leaving today, which is our biggest load to date. There are meds left from Apotex and Novapharm We have tents again. Lots and lots of Diapers, (out of the boxes and into plastic bags) we had these delivered through the generosity of the Irving family a few weeks ago. They are now in hot demand from both PIH and also the Air Canada Clinic. We also have food, rice and lentils and lots of food, which Loune had sheepishly asked for last week. I know medicine and medical equipment was our first priority but now we are really seeing an evolution of the needs.... Read more.
With the Fourth trip, we see progress and hope
Feb 09, 2010 - 12:47 pm, est.
Mission 4 chapter 4
When we arrive at the Air Canada clinic the changes we see in one week are stupefying, there are more tents and the whole area seems more organized. We meet the director of the clinic who is a woman living in Greece, by way of Scotland, so the accent is quite charming. We have brought a truck almost completely full of food and medical supplies. Mary – Duncan’s wife has the biggest heart she has again brought duffle bags full of shoes and soccer balls and books. The little guy Carlos who has been at the Clinic is becoming an important dream for Mary and Duncan, they want to do everything they can for this little man.
Carlos was orphaned young and went to live with an Aunt and Uncle and his cousins, they were six in the house, the day of the Quake Carlos left to go buy himself a drink, in that instance his life was destroyed, he lost his entire family... Read more.
Landing for the Fourth time - reality sets in, again
Feb 08, 2010 - 7:29 am, est.
Mission 4 chapter 3
The Canadian Air Force is now overseeing our rides, and the lady in charge is Captain Van Kemp. She has been very nice, last week 2 of our pallets disappeared and we are not sure what happened. Captain Van kemp tried this week with Loune to find them but to no avail. Last week we had both the USAF and the Canadian Air Force moved some pallets and truthfully I can't get upset, we have had little or no problems and hopefully they will turn up soon. This time we have landed much closer to the field, all the way down walking distance to where the Canadian Flag is blowing in the wind. There seems to be less activity at the airport. I hope the help is not slowing down.
We explain to Captain Van Kemp that we have medication that cannot sit in the sun and we really need to move it quickly. She assures us that it will be done quickly and efficiently.... Read more.
Loading the Plane with Supplies and Help
Feb 06, 2010 - 10:12 am, est.
Mission 4 chapter 2
We got to the airport last night (Friday); we had gotten back from eating a very late dinner.
Jude tells me that we will all leave the following morning at 730 am as we will have to load the plane. Not the bottom of the plane but everything that goes on top, there is again a tremendous amount of goods for the Air Canada Clinic- as well as some very special medication for PIH anesthetic for Children. The vials are glass and the boxes need to go up top and also they can't be exposed to heat.
Judith our trusted board member from the Maritimes is making this trip, Air Canada wasn't sure if anyone else could join us, as we never know how many passengers we will be bringing back.... Read more.
ONEXONE's Fourth Relief Mission to Haiti Begins
Feb 05, 2010 - 08:25 pm, est.
Haiti Forever Mission 4 chapter 1
It is Friday the 5th of Feb 7:45 pm, I am in the auditorium of Riverdale High School in Toronto. On the stage is Riverdale's string orchestra playing Vivaldi, I happen to love Vivaldi; I also love Lil Wayne and Mary J Blige and all kinds of music. Before the string orchestra there was a Jazz Vocal ensemble of 8 voices; they were incredible, the high school is putting on a benefit concert for Haiti.
I have just flown in from Montreal tonight in order to make sure I am here on time for the 1030 flight tomorrow.... Read more.
Returning from our Third Relief Mission
Jan 31, 2010 - 06:12 pm, est.
Haiti Forever Mission 3 chapter 3
As we are taking off, there is a lot of crying and I know there is one small baby who is having trouble breathing. Dr. Guy is concerned but confident that he will be ok. We have a lot of kids needing Pedialyte, which we have plenty of.
When the seat belt sign is removed, Jude and I get up and start seeing how we can help the care-givers - some need diapers, some need help - and we are there to assist. Mary goes into full gear. She wants to pull all the winter clothes out and get them sorted and given to all the kids. We have one of the Air Canada volunteers, Keith, helping and much to my surprise, we work literally the whole flight to coordinate the sizes in order to get everyone dressed, with long pants and long sleeved tops - all of them with winter gear... Read more.
On the ground for third time - more perspective of reality
Jan 30, 2010 - 12:54 am, est.
Haiti Forever Mission 3 chapter 2
It’s the middle of the night and I need to get some sleep so I forgo the coffee that I thought of drinking and go back to my seat and fall asleep.
I wake up to the most spectacular sky. It’s 6:30 am and the horizon is in flames. We have been given an immediate priority to land and clearly the circling around the airport no longer exists.
We land exactly on time, and as I head to the front of the plane, I go through the steps of what we want to do. We have to unload all the stuff on the top destined for the clinic and the orphanage. We have made sure that there are trucks available to take them. My friends have organized a van and a pick up truck... Read more.
Third Relief Mission - Takes Off
Jan 29, 2010 - 04:12 am, est.
Haiti Forever Mission 3 chapter 1
We just took off. It’s 3am and the plane seemed to take every last foot of runway. I'm a little more stressed than usual, but maybe that's because I know so much more about air travel than I knew before.
I came to work today at Air Canada Cargo after a business meeting which I had scheduled quite some time ago. I helped the other Air Canada employees (who have volunteered) to put together the various packages we need, to help all the different groups on the ground.
As it was last week with the “Air Canada Hospital”, it seems we have an orphanage to help and this has now been named the “Air Canada Orphanage”... Read more.
Returning from Haiti, reality sets in
Jan 26, 2010 - 4:12 pm, est.
Haiti Forever Mission 2 chapter 3
As we deplane, the media is already on the ground photographing the plane.
James, Frank and myself have very specific plans:
1) We need to find all the goodies we have brought down for our police officers on the ground.
2) We need to make sure we find tents and sleeping bags and water and some food for our nurses and doctors.
3) We need to help segregate goods for the Air Canada Hospital.
4) We need to help PIH organize their transport.
Boarding the plane for second Relief Mission
Jan 24, 2010 - 2:12 pm, est.
Haiti Forever Mission 2 chapter 2
We landed at an executive plane area near the airport, Air Canada had organized for us to stay in the lounge area for a couple of hours before bringing us to the hanger for the departure to Haiti.
As we all settled in the lounge I felt it important to have a round table discussion with the nurses and Dr. Morris, everyone was really happy and was anxious to get more information on where they were going and what they could expect... Read more
Getting ready for the Second Relief Mission
Jan 23, 2010 - 11:30 am, est.
It's Saturday morning and I’m already in a sweat as I try to get organized to leave for the airport in Montreal.
I woke up and opened the paper to the obituary that we have placed as we do every year - a notice of My Husband and Best friend Lou's passing. Tuesday will be 7 years and I always put it in the Saturday closest to the anniversary. Everything I have done to make a difference was done in his memory. His passing affected me so profoundly that I knew from the start that if I didn't turn that terrible and tragic experience into something positive... Read more.
It is Wednesday and I feel like I owe everyone a wrap up on Forever Haiti the 1st story
Jan 21, 2010 - 6:47 pm, est.
When I last left you, I had just landed and was on my way home. Maria - the glue that keeps OneXOne going - was at the airport waiting for me with her husband and I am upset. It’s late and I really feel bad that she is out in the freezing weather
They are so nice; they drive me home and I am exhausted but I am running on adrenaline. I can’t stop thinking of the last few days - the logistical nightmare to get a plane load of goods to Haiti and the work involved, especially on Air Canada’s part. It is still boggling my mind. But I go to bed feeling good about what we did - we started
out as two teams (Air Canada and OneXOne), but we ended up as one family... Read more.
ONEXONE Latest Update on Second Relief Mission
Jan 19, 2010 - 2:22 pm, est.
I just wanted to update everyone as to where we are, where we are going and the help I would appreciate today. The second flight is scheduled to leave Saturday filled with the balance of medical equipment more water some power bars and trail mix from Pepsi for PIH, medicine (much needed ) from Apotex thanks to the great work by Doctor Bernie, and actually believe it or not mops and bleach needed by PIH to clean the operating room. Canadian Tire is doing incredible work not only giving us the tents and the sleeping bags and all the equipment for cleaning... Read more.
An Experience to Remember
Jan 18, 2010 - 7:15 pm, est.
When I last wrote, I was back at the plane and ready to go home.
At the plane are four K-9 rescue teams from Canada. Krista, Trish, Silvie, Mark - all four have the most beautiful dogs. They are exhausted. Silvie has worked 11 disasters, and she tells me this is the worst...Read more.
We landed and got off the plane to a dry heat and
Jan 16, 2010 - 6:15 pm, est.
We landed and got off the plane to a dry heat, the only breeze seeming to come from the jet engines on the tarmac.
Our friends at Partners in Health are here and everything is being handled more efficiently than I could ever have imagined. PIH has brought one large truck and two smaller trucks...Read more.
ONEXONE AND SUPPLIES ARRIVES SAFELY IN HAITI
Jan 16, 2010 - 1:35 pm, est.
When I left off we were just about to taxi down the runway.
The people on this flight are very special. Every single Air Canada employee, from the flight attendants to the Air Canada COO Duncan Dee, as well as the freight handlers and the security, as well as the pilots, are very, very senior Air Canada staff, and have all volunteered for this flight...Read more.
ONEXONE arrives in Haiti with a plane full of needed supplies
Jan 16, 2010 - 5:04 am, est.
It is Saturday morning and I am on the plane going to Haiti. I arrived here at the special Hanger in Montreal at 5.:00 am and I took a cab. The gentlemen who picked me up is Haitian and so we spoke.
His stories are difficult. His Aunt his dead and he can't find many of his family members - one of his aunts is walking the streets of Port-au-Prince because her house has perished... Read more.