A few tidbits to end the week on some hopeful notes:
Palate Press Kicks Ass for Haiti Relief
Mad props are due to on-line wine e-zine Palate Press for their efforts (mostly spearheaded by yeoman David Honig, its Publisher) to raise money for the Red Cross’ Haiti Relief & Development activities.
David organized a stellar wine auction catalog that leveraged the generosity of dozens of wine producers and wine industry stalwarts. The result was well over $10,000 raised in donations to the Red Cross for the people of Haiti. David’s work was nothing short of amazing and he’s really shown what the wine blogging world is capable of when it’s determined and focused.
THANK YOU DAVID!
In a similar vein, the wine world is also reaching out to help Chile take care of its own after the recent earthquake there impacted not just wine production, but also affected the lives of many of Chile’s winery workers and their families…
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Driving home last night, I heard a segment on NPR about the local response to the current disaster in Haiti:
- A Haitian man had made his way to one of the camps being set up to care for the displaced. He was asked if he was injured or looking for lost relatives. No, he said, he was fine and his family was unharmed. He had come to see if he could in any way comfort those who had no one left after the devastating earthquake. The man ended up comforting an eight year old girl whose entire family had been killed in the disaster.
There are scores of stories like this.
The situation for Haitians was dire before the quake – now, it’s abysmal, and there is no government relief effort. Now you can help, in two wine-related ways:
- The first way comes to us via mweb’s posterous site: If you purchase charity wine at ONEHOPEWine.com using the promo code HAITI you receive a 20% discount and 20% of your purchase will go to support those in need (via donations to Partners in Health).
- The next comes to us via PalatePress: PalatePress.com is partnering with Brother, can you spare a bottle? to create a wine auction from wines that you donate from your cellar, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Palate Press is covering costs of shipping and handling to the auction winners. Check out the details at http://palatepress.com/2010/01/haiti/.
Please spread the word, support one of these causes if you can!