Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund and University of Miami Global Institute/Project Medishare Donate 13 Shelterbox Tents in Visit to Port-au-Prince
Special Teams Day of Service Impacts Both Haiti and South Florida
PLEASE NOTE:Television stations that are looking for footage from today’s event in Haiti can access video on the Miami Dolphins FTP site starting at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, May 9, by logging on to ftp://ftp.dfins.com. The username is Haiti and the password is M3d1@!.
Port-au-Prince – Saturday, May 8, 2010 - The Miami Dolphins traveled to Port-au-Prince today, led by Vice President/Senior Advisor Nat Moore and alumni Bobby Harden, Sean Hill and Bryant Salter. The group provided additional support to the relief efforts currently underway following the earthquake that devastated the island nation on January 12, 2010. The former players were joined by front office staff and representatives from Sun Life Financial and Project Medishare.
“We want to make an impact as evident by our trip to Haiti and involvement in programs that impact our local community,” said Adam Grossman, Miami Dolphins Senior Vice of President-Public Affairs. “As South Florida’s team, this allows us to do amazing acts of community service. We want to assist with people, organizations and non-profits that positively impact the areas where they serve.”
The group arrived in Port-au-Prince and took a tour of Project Medishare’s Field Hospital in Haiti, led by Chief Operating Officer Thomas Koulouris, lifting spirits and visiting with victims of this catastrophic earthquake.
“The opportunity to come down and spend time with some of these people that have suffered was gratifying to both us and them,” said Moore. “The folks over here in South Florida care. There are so many Haitian people here that it is even more important that we were here today. It’s a traumatic time for a lot of families, so we were thankful to lend a hand in a helping way.”
Other Dolphins alumni echoed Moore’s sentiments.
“I am big on giving back to the community and giving back to the world,” said Harden. “We are really here to make a difference in this world. Haiti has been a forgotten country for a long time. Unfortunately, the attention that was brought to Haiti was negative with the devastation, but to go out and be in a position to give back was really special to me.”
After the tour, the group presented Project Medishare with a $25,000 check from the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund to assist in their important relief efforts.
“We are delighted that the Dolphins, Sun Life and ShelterBox have partnered with us to help us in this endeavor,“ said Catherine Murphy, Director of Corporate Relations with Project Medishare. “We have a long term commitment to the Haitian people and thank everyone for their support here today.”
The Dolphins, Sun Life Financial and Project Medishare then presented 13 ShelterBox tents to the 13 families that participated in the Haiti Connect Project that began on April 4. The cutting-edge videoconference technology provided by Cisco, connected relatives in Miami and Port-au-Prince for the first time since the earthquake disaster in Haiti.
“Collaboration is the lifeline of any organization,” said Veronica Brandon Miller, Executive Director with ShelterBox. “We are delighted to partner with Project Medishare, Sun Life Financial and the Miami Dolphins to provide tents and life-saving equipment to 13 extended families through the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund.”
Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne got the ball rolling on the project in April as he donated the first ShelterBox tent while participating in the video conference with one of the families that took part in the program. The additional 12 tents and Saturday’s trip to deliver the tents to Port-au-Prince were soon to follow through The Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund. Included with the tents are aid and survival items that assist victims of natural disasters and other catastrophic events.
It’s unspeakable of the damage and devastation here today,” said Julie DiCarlo, Assistant Vice President of Communications with Sun Life. “But when you look at the faces of the people, you can certainly see the determination to get past this tragedy.”
The visit came on the heels of another trip to Haiti from April 27 to April 29 when Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders Kellie Covington, Fabiola Romero and Amy Madill traveled to Port-au-Prince as part of the Hijinks and High Kicks Armed Forces Entertainment tour. The trio joined comedians Carole Montgomery and Leighann Lord and performed for the troops and boosted morale to the troops during their three day tour of duty.
Additionally over 200 Miami Dolphins Special Teams members and Dolphins players including John Denney, Lousaka Polite and alumnus Mark Duper helped “Stamp Out Hunger” today at four locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach County.
Stamp Out Hunger, the largest single day food drive in the country, encouraged postal service customers to place a bag of non-perishable food in their mailbox, which will be collected by mail carriers throughout the day. Feeding South Florida then distributed the food collected to food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens throughout South Florida.
For further information on the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund or to make a donation, visit www.SunLifeStadium.com or www.MiamiDolphins.com. For further information on University of Miami Global Institute/Project Medishare, visit www.ProjectMedishare.org.
About Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund
The Miami Dolphins and Sun Life Financial have joined forces to create the Sun Life Stadium/Miami Dolphins Haiti Relief Fund. The two organizations pledged to match every dollar donated to the fund with a two-dollar matching contribution, with a maximum overall contribution of $300,000. Monies raised by the Miami Dolphins/Sun Life Stadium Haiti Relief Fund will benefit the Red Cross and other organizations that are assisting with relief efforts.
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2010, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of US $428.2 billion.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE), and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under ticker symbol SLF. Visit Sun Life Financial’s website at http://www.sunlife.com/us/.
About Sun Life Stadium
Sun Life Stadium, located in Miami Gardens, Florida, is a world-class sports and entertainment facility that hosts a wide variety of events, including Miami Dolphins football, Florida Marlins baseball, the FedEx Orange Bowl, University of Miami football, international soccer, the 2010 NFL Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl XLIV. The stadium has also been home to two World Series, four NFL Super Bowls, four BCS national championships, and numerous big-name concerts, including The Police and Madonna. Owned by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, the Sun Life Stadium is the premier Stadium of the Americas. For more information, please visit www.SunLifeStadium.com.
About the University of Miami Global Institute
The Global Institute for Community Health & Development aims to mobilize global collaborations in the pursuit of health and prosperity for all human beings. Led by the Miller School of Medicine and supported by schools throughout the University of Miami, the institute seeks to generate new knowledge and apply interdisciplinary solutions to impact the most challenging health and development dilemmas. The Global Institute will undertake community-driven health and development programs with a focus on underserved communities in the United States and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, helping to establish a new paradigm in the 21st century for universities in the United States, and internationally, to act as agents of global benefit.
About Project Medishare
Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc., a 501©3 non-profit registered in the State of Florida, was founded in 1994 by Dr.’s Barth Green and Arthur Fournier from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. It is an organization dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all. This mission is accomplished in several ways: a continuing commitment to rural communities by establishing and funding sustainable programs; training of Haitian physicians, nurses and allied health professionals'; and providing technology, supplies and equipment to our clinic in Thomonde and other affiliated programs throughout Haiti. For more information on the University of Miami Global Institute/Project Medishare, visit www.ProjectMedishare.org