An article on the front page of today's NY Times, Cultural Riches Turn to Rubble in Haiti Quake, mentions one Paul Jude Camelot, who is an artist in that ravaged nation. He lost all his artwork, but worse, he lost all the fingers on both hands. Now, I don't know about you, but I am going to do whatever I can to help this fella. First, I intend to raise money to help him get treatment, and also to help him get back to his art. Unlike Pat Robertson, I know the difference between Christian charity and bullshit masquerading as holy jabber.
So, I am asking my one or two readers to send this blog to at least five other people, and ask them to do the same. I want you all to dig deep, five or ten bucks (come on, you can part with that much, I know it - ain't ONE of us whose got less than this fella) and I am going to seed the fund with $100.00 If you can match that amount, your name and photo (if you want, not if you don't) will be put here on the front page of the endoftheworldetc and you will be lauded and praised for all time (or, until the Internet collapses, but that won't be MY fault.)
The fund will be set up with An international arts organization (Still working to get this finalized, I'll update by tomorrow), who will use funds collected to a) have devices called opposers made for Mr. Camelot's hands, so that he can grasp and hold everyday objects - cup, fork, pen - as well as his paintbrushes; and b) get funds directly to Mr. Camelot, and to the school he was attending, the Ecole Nationale des Arts. Help me help him and his fellow students (those who have survived) get back their educational opportunity, and help Haiti get back a bit of its cultural treasures. The arts, contrary to the insane claims of the anti-arts Far Wrong of the Pat Robertson/Jerry Falwell ilk, are often the one thing that can lift people's hope, and if what we are seeing of the disaster in Haiti is even the smallest portion of what has occurred, as I strongly suspect, then these people need all the hope they can get.
So, what's it gonna be? Here is one thing to think about, even those out there who believe it cannot happen to them - it can happen to you. Earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, fires, etc., they happen to people all over the world, yes, Virginia, even here in America. One day, you may find yourself in similar circumstances. Where do you think help is gonna come from?
Only from people who are generous and caring.
That's you, isn't it?