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Global phenomenon Justin Bieber is kicking off the season of giving with his ambitious Believe Charity Drive. He will donate a share of the sales from his forthcoming holiday release on RBMG/Island Def Jam, Under the Mistletoe, to seven different charities, including Project Medishare for Haiti! Additionally, he is calling on fans to contribute to specific charities in an effort to amass millions of dollars in total donations.

“Today I wanted to make a very special announcement to my fans,” Bieber explains. “I am officially launching the Believe Charity Drive. Together we can do anything, because I know firsthand that if you believe in your dreams, everything is possible. I am kicking off this campaign on November 1st with my holiday album, UNDER THE MISTLETOE. With every album you purchase, I will give a portion of the proceeds to the BELIEVE CHARITY DRIVE. The BELIEVE CHARITY DRIVE directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. Let’s set a goal to raise several million dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, BELIEVE. With your help we can make a change…Never say never and God Bless!”

To learn more visit www.justinbiebermusic.com the premiere destination for all things Justin, including the BELIEVE CHARITY DRIVE, which is powered by the online fundraising platform StayClassy and can be accessed directly by clicking here.

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The CT Scanner donated by Yéle Haiti was delivered to Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare today. Metro Signs Inc. provided complimentary signage on the trailer.

In July, Yéle Haiti donated a grant to Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. in support of the purchase of a 16-slice CT Scanner with its own trailer and generator power source.  The unit arrived today at Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare and will provide the first high resolution scanning available on the island to all patients regardless of their financial resources.

Before the scanner was shipped to Haiti, Hollywood, Fla. based Metro Signs donated the lettering and signage on the side of the CT Scanner trailer, and even sent a team out to install this signage.  Special thank you to Bruno Dede, Omar Khan, and the wonderful folks at Metro Signs, Inc.

The CT scanner will provide technology that will allow rapid diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent unnecessary deaths from major heart attacks, strokes, major trauma and maternal emergencies.  This desperately needed technology will be integrated into Project Medishare’s training and education program for Haitian healthcare workers, ensuring creation of infrastructure and sustainability necessary for the long-term health of our Haitian neighbors.

Project Medishare is grateful to Wyclef Jean and Yéle Haiti for this generous gift.

Metro Signs installing their beautiful signage on the CT Scanner

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Benefiting the Haiti rebuilding efforts of  Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc. and International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA) the second annual Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti will be Wednesday, March 30 at the InterContinental Miami from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Pierre Garçon, Wide Receiver for the Indianapolis Colts and an active supporter of Haiti through various organizations, will be the special host for the evening.  In addition, Calvin Hughes, evening news anchor at WPLG/Channel 10 Miami, will be honored for his important contributions to Haiti’s recovery, advancing awareness and fundraising efforts.

Guests of Chefs With A Purpose: Haiti will be greeted in the grand lobby with bongos and performers of the cultural non-profit group Tradisyon Lakou Lakay.  Inside, the music of renowned Haitian performers Mushy Widmaier and Phyllisia Ross will entertain with live performances.

Advanced purchase tickets are $80 and are available at www.chefswithapurpose.org and $100 at the door the day of the event.

The event will feature over 20 tasting stations each offering a signature menu item by the participating top chefs.  In addition, students from the Culinary Program in Doral, Florida’s San Ignacio College, part of San Ignacio de Loyola Organization in Lima, Peru, will be hands-on volunteers assisting the participating chefs.

The evening’s silent auction will feature items ranging from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and other luxury hotel stays, unique dining experiences, Tiffany & Co. jewelry, Haitian art and unique sports memorabilia items.  A new addition this year is a Haitian art exhibit by Michele Frisch, Haiti’s leading art curator and collector.  The lobby of the InterContinental Miami will feature Haitian art from the Galerie Marassa collection and coincide with arteaméricas, the premier fair of art from Latin America.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Table 40 (Alexander Feher)
  • Two Chefs Restaurant (Jan Jorgensen)
  • Sra. Martinez (Michelle Bernstein)
  • The Forge
  • Mama Mia (Ron DuPrat)
  • Tap Tap
  • Gigi’s Noodle Bar
  • Bond Street
  • Chophouse Miami
  • House of Caviar & Fine Foods
  • Abokado (Cesar Rodriguez)
  • Moca Café
  • Chef Creole
  • CookiePursonality (Smadar Katzman)
  • San Ignacio College Culinary Program
  • Chef George Catering (Jorge Montes)
  • Rational Cooking Solutions (Tito Rodriguez)
  • Ana Paz Cakes
  • Diego’s Tapas y Vinos
  • Dadou’s Kitchen
  • Por Fin Restaurant & Lounge

Click here to purchase your advanced tickets today and save!

Event sponsors include Michele Frisch of Galerie Marassa, Prestige Beer, Central Parking System, PSAV Presentation Services, Deco Productions, Sir Speedy and Bayfront Floral & Event Design.

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By Jennifer Browning

When Asefi Jean woke up this morning, she noticed her 16-month-old daughter Annkeri had a fever and an infection in her eye so she brought her to the clinic in Casse.

For Asefi to visit the clinic today, it is a 15-minute walk, but before the clinic was available for the community of Casse/LaHoye a simple visit to the doctor was an all day affair.

Asefi Jean and her daughter Annkeri wait at the Project Medishare clinic in Casse. Clinics like these help rural residents gain easier access to healthcare. Photo by Jennifer Browning.

“It used to be more difficult to take my children, or myself to see a doctor,” Asefi said. “If there was not the clinic here, I would have to rent a donkey and take my daughter to the clinic in Thomonde. I am so thankful that there is this clinic here.”

To rent a donkey, Asefi would have to pay 100 gourde, which would mean Asefi would have little to no money to buy food at the market for her family.

Most rural areas in Haiti have little to no access to healthcare, making residents susceptible to otherwise treatable diseases. Project Medishare, through the community health program in the Central Plateau, works to provide more than 100,000 people with better access to healthcare. Over 95 local staff of Haitian doctors, nurses, LPN’s, health agents, and administrative staff provide this care.

Nancy la Paix , who also brought her one-month old daughter, Chelsea, to the clinic today, agreed with Asefi.

Nancy lives in Paredom, which is a 30-minute walk for she and her daughter. When Nancy was a child, she said she remembers a family friend placing she and her mother on a motorcycle so they could go see a doctor.

“It was much further. We had to go to Las Cahobas and this would take an hour and a half ride on a motorcycle,” she said. “Then we would take a boat to cross the river to get to the clinic.”

And for those residents who aren’t as fortunate to have a clinic close by, Project Medishare conducts at least three mobile clinics to reach out to provide care to those living in hard to reach areas like Boucantis and Baille Touribe , which are situated high in the mountains. Children in the Central Plateau are more likely to receive important vaccines at rally posts and mobile pediatric clinics set up in local schools.

With a hospital in Thomonde, mobile clinics scattered throughout the countryside and designated health agents working in local communities, Project Medishare has established an integrated healthcare system.

An hour later, with the sun beating down on them, Asefi carried a sleepy Annkeri away from the clinic to begin her walk home down a bumpy dirt road. Her daughter will need to return next week if the eye drops don’t help clear up her infection.

“It would be very difficult if this clinic wasn’t here,” Asefi said. “I thank God for the doctors here.”

**Laurene Leger contributed to this story.

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By Jennifer Browning

In an effort to assist Project Medishare for Haiti’s ongoing medical relief efforts in Haiti, Bogosse has designed a gorgeous Limited Edition Collection. Created in partnership with Nordstrom, the aptly named L’union Fait La Force Limited Edition will debut at the Nordstrom Galleria Dallas Saturday, April 10 between 1-5 p.m. Fifty-percent of the proceeds from this exclusive collection will be going to Project Medishare to provide financial relief to help rebuild Haiti.

This collection is very special to the Haitian-born Bogosse founders, Patrick and Fabrice Tardieu who are hosting three in-store Nordstrom public appearances throughout April to launch the line and to promote their relief initiative. Only 600 shirts have been made in eight different styles; 75 shirts per style. The inside labels of the back collar boast the colors of the Haitian flag.  The line will be carried in three locations: Nordstrom Galleria, Dallas; Aventura, Miami; and Dadeland Mall, Miami.

The following two personal appearance events will be in Miami, where the brand is headquartered, at Dadeland on Saturday, April 24, and at Aventura on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

“We have been aware of the monumental achievements and work that Dr. Green and Project Medishare have been providing for some time. Both Project Medishare and Bogosse have strong relationships with the people of Haiti; reaching out to those in our community is synergistic,” Patrick Tardieu, CEO, Bogosse said. “The earthquake in Haiti will forever impact our lives. We are humbled to stand together with Project Medishare—their initiatives over the last 15 years have been instrumental in bettering the lives of Haitians.  We look forward to working with Project Medishare and Dr. Green for a long time to come; this is just the beginning.  If our dollars can help provide medical care for one person much less many, then the hope is we can affect lives and make a difference in Haiti, which is critical, not just now but ongoing.”

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