The Haitian Firefly Speaks
by Jacques Fleury, The Haitian Fire Fly
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” So let’s take a moment to remember the less fortunate and, instead of accumulating more “stuff” that we don’t really need, work to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti who have been deeply affected by the tragic earthquake on January 12. We should take advantage of opportunities to reach out in solidarity to those suffering in developing countries, such as Haiti. You have the perfect opportunity to do so on Saturday, March 27th through the Seventh Annual Urban Walk for Haiti in Cambridge.
The event is co-sponsored by the Urban Walk for Haiti Committee and the Cambridge Mayor’s office to support the Boston-based organization, Partners In Health (PIH), which provides education and health care to the people of Haiti.
Aside from the short and scenic three-mile walk, perfect for people of all ages, the event includes a Haitian market place and quality Haitian entertainment; this year we will feature an all-female Haitian music ensemble, ZiliMisik, along with Haitian drumming, a Haitian choir, dance, food, a few speakers and poetry from my book Sparks in the Dark. There will also be a speech by a surprise guest from Partners In Health.
The Walk proceeds will be used to fund the construction and maintenance of schools this year in response to the devastating earthquake on January 12. In the past, the Walk has supplied medicine, improved water and food programs and helped raise the standard of living. In the past six years, the Walk has raised nearly $250,000 dollars.