Thanks to the nearly 200 supporters who came to the 4th Annual Maine Walks with Haiti and 4-Mile Run on May 11. We had a rainy start in the registration tent but Voodoo Jazz musician Gifrants had a word with the powers that be and the sky cleared in time for the 9:30 runner’s gun. Participants returning from their 4-mile run or walk were welcomed back with a rousing Haitian RaRa by an enthusiastic group of Lincoln Academy students. WGME’s Kim Block emceed a program which included awards for the top male and female runners. The crowd also enjoyed DJ Harold Similien, musician Gifrants, and storyteller Charlot Lucien.
Special thanks go to our many sponsors including WGME and our Gold Sponsors – Maine Medical Center, Sabre Yachts & Back Cove Yachts, Portland Rotary and the Hagge Family, and Matt Liang and Diane Garthwaite. In addition, this event would not have been a success without the scores of volunteers, our in-kind donors and the many students, groups, individuals and families that raised money on our behalf. Mesi anpil to all!
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Harvey
Join Konbit Sante and WGME’s Kim Block in the 4th Annual Maine Walks with Haiti and 4-Mile Run on May 11. Run or walk – you can make a difference! Proceeds from the event go to support our programs in Cap-Haitien, Portland’s Sister City in Haiti. Gather at Back Cove Park on Preble St. across from Hannaford and enjoy the Haitian festival before and after running or walking around scenic Back Cove.
Online registration for walkers and runners is $10 for youths (13-21 yrs) and $15 for adults (21+). Runners who register on the day of the event will be charged $20. Children 12 and under are free. Prizes for top runners and T-shirts for the first 250 registrants.
Onsite registration begins at 8:30 am on May 11. The runner’s gun will be at 9:30 am and the walkers will follow. Prizes for top runners will be awarded at 10:30 am.
From 9 am until noon, enjoy the Haitian festival! Hear music by singer/songwriter Gifranz and DJ Harold Similien. Listen to storytelling by Charlot Lucien. Make sure not to miss the authentic Haitian RaRa parade with local school children and led by King BoBo and Blem su Blem from Boston. Come see the Gym Dandies Circus perform amazing routines on their unicycles. Browse the tables selling Haitian arts and crafts including beautiful metal art pieces. And try some Caribbean food on sale by Federal Spice.
We wish to extend special thanks to Maine Medical Center, Sabre Yachts & Back Cove Yachts, and Matt Liang & Diane Garthwaite for becoming Gold Sponsors for our event. Thanks also to our Silver Sponsors: Woodard & Curran, Gorham Savings Bank, Idexx, Martin's Point Health Care, Steve & Polly Larned, and Tony & Barbie Mayer. We welcome organizations, companies and individuals to consider sponsorship of this event.
For more information, call us at 207-347-6733.
Mesi anpil and see you on May 11th!
Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership seeks a committed volunteer to manage its metal art sales program. Konbit Sante acquires handcrafted metal art at fair prices from artists in Haiti, transports the art back to the US and sells it as a fundraiser to support its work strengthening the health system in northern Haiti. This position involves coordinating all aspects of the program and working with the other volunteers who are involved. It is expected that this position requires about 4-8 hours per month, not including any time spent at sales; holiday season is the busy season and would require up to 16 hours per month. This individual is not required to be present at every sale. This individual works closely with and reports to the Assistant Director.
Duties • Manages approximately $10,000 in inventory of metal art: maintains a current inventory list, stores art in organized fashion for retrieval, decides what items should be ordered, and prices items. • Coordinates 8-10 sales events per year, with about half occurring in November and early December: researches different venues for selling the art, assures each event has a point person and sales team, organizes supplies and stock to sell, reconciles the revenue from each sale, and completes a summary report for each sale. • Serves as chair of the Metal Art Committee, a group of volunteers who plan and execute the sales strategy: convenes meetings and develops agendas, and writes up brief minutes. • Maintains a roster of interested volunteers who can be called on to sell the art; contacts volunteers to assure that each sale is appropriately staffed. • Manages the metal art budget: develops the annual budget with the Assistant Director and maintains a month-by-month spreadsheet showing actual revenue.
Recommended knowledge and skills • An interest in Haitian art and culture • Ability to create and maintain excel worksheets • Excellent organizational skills • Prior retail experience a plus