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Haiti Earthquake Update MFO Ambassadors to Les Cayes this weekend – THANK YOU!!!
Saturday 9.3.21 marks three weeks since the 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked “the Big South” – southwestern part of Haiti. Jean Louis and his team of student ambassadors will be embarking for Les Cayes, to distribute rice, beans, clothing, small toys, lots of smiles, and a truck-load of goodwill! Many thanks to the long list of ardent supporters near and far who helped us reach our $5,000 goal in less than a week.
I continue to see photos and reports of the earthquake damage. Not only have homes and businesses been destroyed, but mountainsides have fallen, landscapes altered and crops have been decimated. Concerns are growing for the already fragile economy. Staple supply prices are beginning to climb.
The trip on Saturday will teach invaluable lessons to our residents. They are sharing acts of human kindness with those who have lost everything. MFO residents will be distributing staple supplies of rice, beans, dried fish, water, medicine, clothing from the rental truck along with loads of goodwill! Their servant’s hearts are shining.
Again, thank you for supporting this internal mission trip.
Bondye Bon and Mesi Anpil from our brothers and sisters in Haiti!
!17 Days away – Won’t you join us?!
757 Ball Race – Saturday, September 18, 2021
5-8 pm, River Walk Community Pool
701 River Walk Parkway ~ Chesapeake, VA 23320
On Saturday, September 18th for our second annual 757 Ball Race! Cheer on colorful racing balls in the first heat honoring the 168 residents and 222-day students at Maison Fortuné Orphanage. As the sun sets, we’ll light up the pool with 150 glowing balls honoring our supporters and watch them race to the finish line. All proceeds from the 757 Ball Race will go to support the children of Maison Fortuné Orphanage! A family-friendly event, we encourage guests of all ages to have a ball with us! The cook-out fare to include bbq, fixings, hotdogs, assorted beverages, one drink coupon for adults and a colored racing ball will be included with the admission price. The event will be held rain or shine. The first balls to cross the finish line in each heat will be awarded prizes! You do not need to be present to win!
Racing Ball Heat 1 Prize – “Virginia Wine Time” – sample of vines from across the Old Dominion and accompanying tasting for two valued at $250
In the event a child wins either of these heats alternate baskets for the under 21 crowds:
Youth Racing Ball Heat 1 – “Movie Night” – Tickets for two to cinema café and accompanying goodies for another night of stay-at-home Redbox movie watching
Adults 21 and over ~ $25
Youth under 21 ~ $10
For everyone’s safety, masks are required.
Please register in advance for your admission tickets HERE!
With Love, Babs Zukowski
MY LIFE AND WHAT MFO MEANS TO ME — A LETTER FROM BLANC PROBUS
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LATEST NEWS FROM HAITI AND MFO
We want to THANK ALL OF YOU who have reached out to inquire about the current protests that are occurring in Haiti and how you can help.
First and foremost we want to assure you that our children are safe in Hinche, and currently we have security as well as food reserves on campus. The unrest in the country is changing rapidly and we are in constant contact with the Leadership Team at MFO – and following all news coverage very closely. As this situation continues to evolve, our focus is to provide support for Jean Louis and the MFO family to help them through this very difficult time. If you would like to learn more and follow an informed news report, a consistent source has been reporter Jacqueline Charles from the Miami Herald on the Haiti News Page at the link below: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/
We will continue to monitor all activity and provide updates that we can get from the MFO Leadership Team. We ask that you pray for safety and solutions to prevail for the people of Haiti. Thank you all for your constant support and prayers for MFO.
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ASHLEY HORNER’S 50 IRONMAN JOURNEY STARTS AUG. 12
We’re thrilled to share the press release below about Ashley Horner’s latest efforts to support the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Haiti!
ASHLEY HORNER EMBARKS ON JOURNEY TO COMPLETE 50 IRONMANS IN 50 DAYS FOR THE MAISON FORTUNE ORPHANAGE
ASHLEY HORNER TO BECOME the FIRST WOMAN TO COMPLETE 50 IRONMANS IN 50 DAYS TO RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR THE CHILDREN OF HAITI
New York, NY – July 30, 2018 – On August 12, Ashley Horner, a fitness celebrity, athlete, entrepreneur and mom of three, will begin her journey to be the first woman to complete 50 full Ironmans in 50 days to raise awareness and funds for the Maison Fortuné Orphanage (MFO) in Haiti. Ashley will start and end in Haiti and travel to each of the 48 Continental United States, each day completing a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride, and 26.2-mile run, with the goal to raise $100,000 for MFO.
“Fitness is the driving force of everything I do and feel like it’s my responsibility to use my platform for a bigger purpose, a purpose for good,” said Ashley Horner “I fell in love with the people of Haiti the first time I visited – their spirit, storytelling, and pride for being Haitian will inspire me as I do my small part for the children at Maison Fortuné,”
The MFO Foundation raises funds to support the Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Haiti, serving the needs of orphans and underprivileged children. Each day, MFO, serves more than 700 meals, teaches more than 300 children, and provides stable homes for close to 200 boys and girls. Ashley recently began working with MFO and has visited the orphanage many times with her own children. In 2017, Ashley raised $65,000 for the foundation by completing a 230-mile run along the western border of Haiti.
“Maison Fortuné is proud to have Ashley Horner as a partner and friend, as she embarks upon her endeavor to complete 50 Ironmans in 50 Days,” says Lefort Jean-Louis, founder of MFO. “Ashley continues to put her commitment to our children into action, and like Ashley, we believe that the power for change comes from the community.”
Ashley is no stranger to pushing boundaries. She played soccer on the Guam national team, has sold over one million copies of her fitness training programs and owns American Sled Dogs, a fitness facility in Virginia Beach, VA. In-between her entrepreneurial endeavors and raising her three boys, Ashley has completed many other charity fitness events to benefit families of fallen military members, police working dogs and victims of human trafficking. In the last year and a half, Ashley has completed a 1,350 mile bike ride, climbed Mt. Rainer and ran 230 miles in 72 hours, all for charity.
Ashley’s journey begins on August 12 and ends on October 4 in Haiti. To donate to Ashley’s fundraising initiative click here and to learn more about Ashley’s visit www.ashleyhorner.co.
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Ashley Horner plans new fundraiser
We are constantly amazed by MFO partner, friend, and donor Ashley Horner. Since she first started helping our orphanage she has been a fearless champion of the MFO kids, developing relationships with the boys and girls, as well as the entire Hinche community. If you’ve followed the MFO story over the past few years, you know Ashley sets big goals and then crushes them!
In the Spring of 2017, she ran 230 miles around the western border of Haiti, planning to raise $28,000. But Ashley never shirks a challenge, so when the $28,000 goal was reached during the run, she doubled-down and increased the goal to $56,000! Seventy-two hours after starting, Ashley and her supporters had crushed the new goal and raised over $64,000!
Her involvement is more than raising money, though. Ashley is committed to our MFO community. She believes in our efforts, whether it’s welcoming children from the community to attend our primary school or making sure we lift up the local economy by shopping locally for items we need to support the children. She knows we are raising the future leaders of Haiti and through her repeat visits (including with her own boys), she has seen the need first hand and knows that local involvement is crucial to the orphanage’s success. She also understands that a little money goes a long way, and a lot of funding can go even farther.
“I fell in love with the people of Haiti the first time I touched down. Their spirit, their storytelling, their sense of identity around being Haitian. It will inspire me as I do my small part to bring awareness and funds to create opportunities for the children at Maison Fortune,” said Ashely.
So this year when Ashley said she wanted to do another fundraiser, we knew she would go all-in. And is she ever! Soon Ashley will launch a 50-day warrior woman effort – completing 50 Ironman challenges in 50 days, to raise money for the children of Maison Fortune. It’s a Herculean challenge – one that is already receiving national attention, including a feature on USA Today. We couldn’t be prouder of Ashley, or more appreciative of her commitment to the children and the future of Haiti.
Look for more news about the Woman of Iron in the coming weeks!