Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cupakes for Haiti

Lane County Friends of the Birth Center is pleased to be a community partner for the "Cupcakes for Haiti" event honoring the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti and the ongoing needs there. The Divine Cupcake will donate 20% of sales on January 12, 2011 to  the Haitian Health Foundation.     

Following is the event press release - spread the word and head on over to The Divine Cupcake on January 12th!

News Release 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2011        
Kathy Lynn, 206-3281

Cupcakes for Haiti

EUGENE, Ore. – In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti and the ongoing needs that still exist, The Divine Cupcake, Eugene’s organic and vegan cupcakery, will donate 20% of sales from cupcakes on January 12, 2011 to the Haitian Health Foundation (   

The Haitian government reported that as a result of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010, an estimated 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured and 1,000,000 people became homeless. The Haitian Government also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged. Since the earthquake, relief and redevelopment efforts have been hampered by the poverty and lack of governance that has plagued the country for two centuries.

Numerous tropical storms and hurricanes have resulted in heavy rains and floods that have most critically affected the hundreds of thousands of people still living in tent cities. Most recently, an outbreak of cholera has already killed over 2100 people. Officials expect that the number of fatalities will continue to rise, and that it may take six months to a year to control the cholera outbreak.

After the January 2010 earthquake, hundreds of thousands of people left Port-au-Prince for more rural areas of the country. Since that time, the Haitian Health Foundation, located on the southern peninsula in the town of Jérémie, has begun providing health care for an additional 100,000 people. In addition to the city of Jérémie, HHF provides support to over 100 rural mountain villages and now serves over 300,000 people. HHF is proud of an overhead of less than 8 cents per donated dollar, with over 92 percent of funds collected going directly to services for the poor.

Eugenian and former Peace Corps volunteer Kathy Lynn is coordinating this event with Divine Cupcakes to keep Haiti in the hearts and minds of people throughout Lane County.

“In these difficult economic times, it isn’t easy to continue to donate money. And yet the people of Haiti still need basic resources for public health, shelter and food.”

Money raised at Divine Cupcakes on January 12 will specifically be directed to HHF’s Center of Hope, a residential treatment facility for at-risk pregnant women and severely malnourished children in rural Haiti.

Community partners are helping to publicize the event and increase awareness of the critical needs still facing the Haitian people a year after the devastating earthquake. Community partners include the Lane County Friends of the Birth Center (

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