Friday, February 5, 2010
Eugene W. "Rod" Roddenberry Jr the newest Hero for Haiti
Hollywood Unites For Haiti (HUFH) gratefully acknowledges a major gift of $100,000 from Eugene W. "Rod" Roddenberry Jr. Mr. Roddenberry is the son of the late Gene Roddenberry, the wunderkind mind behind multiple Star Trek television series and motion pictures, and the late actress/producer Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Mr. Roddenberry recently auctioned off precious Star Trek family memorabilia in order to make this generous gift a reality.
This gift will allow HUFH and partner Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to provide tents, food, water and medical supplies to the people of Haiti, of which they still need more. With this gift, HUFH can not only provide shelters and meals to the general population, but can also help fund the work of another hero in Haiti, Bill Carter. Mr. Carter is an American ex-patriot in Haiti who is spending his entire modest monthly pension to run an orphanage for boys, called Morning Star. He operates on a shoestring budget, and there is never enough every month. Now HUFH can ensure his children are properly housed, fed and clothed and, in fact, plans to move Morning Star to a larger location as soon as practicable. Currently they are all living in a two-bedroom residence with multiple bunks.
Mr. Carter describes the mission of Morning Star, " We are a youth treatment program for 18 boys currently aged 10 to 17. It's design is to train the boys in various ways .. . first to attend regular Haitian schooling and then get supplemental education at the mission. Boys are trained to become self-sufficient with basic life skills, computer training for those able. All are trained in first aid skills and assist in our clinic and then of course all are taught English by me." He further adds, "Our boys have been silent heroes ever since the earthquake and have responded with their training in extraordinary ways."
In addition to ensuring the sustainability of Morning Star, HUFH's longer term goals include constructing a brand new residential school compliant with modern building codes. The school would provide comprehensive educational curricula, sports programs, youth mentoring and real-world skills training as the students approach maturity.
A gift such as the one provided by Mr. Roddenberry makes a true impact on the lives of people that otherwise might not survive. The goal of HUFH is to not ensure that children survive, but that they thrive. Mr. Roddenberry is a true philanthropist and the newest hero for Haiti.
For more information, please visit www.hufh.org www.haitianhero.com