Monday, April 12, 2010

Mark Kirwin and KIRF's Haiti relief profiled by Citations Magazine

KIRF's Haiti earthquake relief effort was profiled in Citations Magazine this month. Citations is published by the Ventura County Bar Association. Mark is a member of the Ventura County Bar Association and a principle at Haffner, Haffner & Kirwin as well as 11th Hour Mediation here in Ventura, California.

In addition to KIRF's last disaster relief effort in Haiti, KIRF co-founder Mark Kirwin's personal story that has influenced his work helping others is written about in the Citations article "The Dontquitman of San Buenaventura" >

Thanks to our generous donors and local support here in Ventura, California, KIRF was able to make a real difference for families who lost their homes in Haiti. Mark Kirwin arrived in Haiti on February 7th with local Ventura volunteers CJ Paone and Patrick Rea. Working with a local business owner in Port-au-Prince and his informal aid network of employees, KIRF was able to distribute 15,000 pounds of food relief and supplies in three days.

It's a nice validation for our pint-sized foundation to get some press coverage now and then--for us and for our donors. However, the best validations are the ones that we already have. They are our memories of doing the relief work ourselves, often in a difficult  and tragic disaster area like Port-au-Prince last February, and working with like-minded folks who are there to help, too. And, with them, make a difference.

There are so many stories. True stories. Good stories. Life changing stories. Someday we should write a book.

Peace.

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