Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Updated Jan 20, 2010
In a whirlwind of activity including phone calls to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) FTC Canada has been able to assemble a team of doctors and paramedics and secure a flight to Haiti.

The team will include 11 paramedics, mostly from Halton region and 3 doctors. The lead doctor and FTC Canada Medical Team Advisor is Dr. Tony Brown, a physician and anesthetist from Port Perry ON. Tony has led numerous FTC teams to Central America and participated in others around the globe.

Taking the team to Haiti will be FTC Canada President Ken Dick. A pastor from the Meeting House Oakville site will also work alongside the team.

The team will depart from the FTC Canada Head Office in Guelph and head directly to Montreal at 1:00 p.m. today (Jan 19). A flight that was originally scheduled for 6:30 a.m. Jan 20 but will now depart Pierre Trudeau Airport at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.

Many unexpected things happened as the team prepared to leave including a donation of Starbucks Coffee (Gordon Rd. Guelph) and an upgrade to a full coach from Ayr Coach Lines (Waterloo).

Forestview Church also provided a boost to the Haiti relief effort over the weekend with a generous gift of $10,000. See the CTV news clip below.

The destination for the team will be a base camp set up at the Mission of Hope in Haiti about 30kms from Port-au-Prince.

570 News reported on the departure of the team.
CLICK HERE to see the story

newsdurhamregion@com ran a feature story on Dr. Anthony Brown as he prepared to leave for Haiti.
CLICK HERE to see the story

The Hamilton Spectator featured the Halton paramedics as they prepared for Haiti.
CLICK HERE to read story

CTV Toronto reports on the gift from Forestview Church and preparations by the paramedics from Halton region.
CLICK HERE to see video

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