Local help for Haitian survivors

Two groups in Fort St. John are turning their hearts towards Earthquake ravaged Haiti.

The impoverished nation was hit by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, January 12th.  The quake destroyed many buildings across Haiti, and some estimates suggest the death toll could surpass 200,000 people.

North Peace Secondary School student Kerri-Jo Fehr decided she wanted to do something to help the Haitian people.  So, she’s spearheading a "Wear Red for Haiti" day on Tuesday, January 18th.  She says her Global Education Class got her thinking about ways to help the Haitian People. [asset|aid=2400|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8cf6e344761f9fe6ea54473fb3412b5f-Kerri-Jo 1_1_Pub.mp3]

Fehr began informing other schools within the area, and as of Saturday, all School District 60 schools are on board.

On Tuesday, everyone in the district is asked to wear red, to show support for Haiti. Fehr says there will also be a penny drive, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. 

Fehr says she doesn’t have a set goal, but donations will be accepted until Friday.  She says she chose the Red Cross, because it was one of the first organizations to respond once the ground stopped shaking.

Meanwhile, the Pan African Caribbean Association of Fort St. John will be holding a ‘Hour of Prayer’ for the people of Haiti. Spokesperson Clifford Inimgba says the inter-denominational prayer session hopes to unite Fort St. John, in an effort to help the Haitian people heal through prayer. [asset|aid=2401|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8cf6e344761f9fe6ea54473fb3412b5f-Clifford Inimgba 1_1_Pub.mp3]

Inimgba says donations will also be accepted, with all the proceeds going towards the Central Canadian Help Fund.   He says an accounting firm will help process the donations. 

The Northern Lights College instructor says there’s strength in numbers, and encourages the community to come out for the prayer and worship session. [asset|aid=2402|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=8cf6e344761f9fe6ea54473fb3412b5f-Clifford Inimgba 2_1_Pub.mp3]

The Hour of Prayer will be held on Sunday Jan. 24th at 5:00 p.m. at St. Martins Church, located at 10364-100 Street.  Call Clifford Inimgba at 250-271-0294 for more information.

You can also search Facebook for ‘Wear Red for Haiti’ for more information on Kerri-Jo Fehr’s campaign.