RALLY FOR HAITI TO VISIT DERRY
Ronnie and his team will be welcomed to the city by the Mayor Alderman Hilary McClintock, who has given her support for the campaign to raise funds to assist those affected by the hurricane.
The event is being organised by Haven, a prominent Irish NGO working on the ground in Haiti, the Rally is taking place between April 3rd and 7th, and is led by former championship rally driver Ronnie Foreman, who has come out of retirement to undertake the road trip around the island of Ireland to raise awareness and vital funds for the people of Haiti, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.
He will take to the roads in a vehicle provided by international engineering solutions company, Actavo, with the goal of rallying support and funds for Haven and its work on behalf of the people of Haiti.
Ronnie will stop off at a number of civic receptions and public events along the route, while companies and individuals can get involved by organising their own fundraising events to coincide with his travels.
Mayor Alderman McClintock extending her best wishes to Ronnie and his team says she is looking forward to welcoming to the City and District and to hear more about the fantastic work they are doing to raise awareness of the event and the impact it has had on the people of Haiti.
“I am very supportive of this initiative and look forward to welcoming the team when they travel to our city in April. In the meantime you can show your support by donating and following their progress,” she said.
Ronnie Foreman, who is also the Northern Ireland Ambassador for Haven, said: “It is an honour to get behind the wheel again to tour Ireland’s highways and byways for such a good cause.
“Throughout the rally in April, I hope to raise much-needed funds and increase awareness of the immense difficulties that continue to face the Haitian people, six months after Hurricane Matthew.
“Now, Haven is looking to long-term recovery after what is the third major natural disaster to hit Haiti in just seven years; I’m asking the people of Ireland to get behind the rally so that, together, we can help this recovery reach those who need it most.”
Leslie Buckley, Founder and Chairman of Haven, said:
“Six months have passed since Haiti was devastated by Hurricane Matthew last October. After finding many of the homes, farms and schools destroyed, and having faced the threat of cholera and hunger, now, the people of Haiti are working to rebuild their lives. I would like to thank Ronnie for driving this unique initiative, which will reach far in supporting recovery in Haiti: the Rally for Haiti can empower the people of Haiti to restore their livelihoods and look ahead to a bright future once again”.
Rally for Haiti Schedule:
April 3rd: Lisburn, Belfast, Derry, Donegal
April 4th*: Sligo, Galway, Limerick
April 5th: Cork
April 6th: Kilkenny, Swords, Dublin
April 7th: Belfast
*Note that Tuesday, April 4th marks six months to the day since Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti.