‘It Was Not Easy Leaving Haiti’: Good Neighbor Pat Moore Returns

Pat Moore (front, right) brought food to the Ruuska Village Orphanage.

Pat Moore (front, right) brought food to the Ruuska Village Orphanage.

Pat Moore, a Michigan REALTOR® and 2007 Good Neighbor Award winner, recently returned from Haiti after spending a few weeks providing disaster relief in and around Port-au-Prince. He will be returning in about six weeks. Here’s a follow up to his recent reports from Haiti, as well as some pictures of his experiences in helping victims of the earthquakes that struck the country:

“It was not easy leaving Haiti. To all who donated, you did a great job bringing food and medicine to hundreds. We were able to ease a lot of suffering and save lives. Because there are so many people in dire need we are going to return in about eight weeks.

Moore treats an earthquake victim's infected wound.

Moore treats an earthquake victim’s infected wound.

“We left Haiti on Feb. 12th on a Twin Engine 8 seat plane donated by Pilot Pat Roth. Because of strong headwinds, we landed in Great Xuma for 82 gallons of fuel. As we took off storm radar indicated a 25-mile line of severe thunderstorms in Miami. The air port was closed and we along with the commercial jetliners were diverted to Nassau in the Bahamas. After landing, the storm was 70 miles from Nassau so we spent the night waiting for the weather to clear.

Moore with soldiers from the 82nd Airborne. They were instrumental in delivering much-needed supplies to earthquake victims.

Moore with soldiers from the 82nd Airborne. They were instrumental in delivering much-needed supplies to earthquake victims.

“We lifted off at 7:30 a.m. and arrived in Miami at 9:00 a.m. I lucked out. American Airlines had one seat left on a flight to Chicago leaving 1 hour after my arrival. From Chicago I flew to Detroit and arrived at my front door at 9:30 p.m. Barbara Walker went on to Melbourne, Florida to re-supply and work on getting more of her adopted children out of Haiti and to their parents.

“It was a life-changing trip for Andrew (Jacobson, co-director, The Harvest of Haiti) and myself. The suffering is going to last for many months to come. The race is on to shelter hundreds of thousands before the rains come in just 6 to 8 weeks. We are looking forward to our next trip to continue on treating the injured and sick, and make sure the children who we care for remain fed and healthy. Again from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for donations and please don’t forget Haiti.”

A Haitian girl who received medical care from Moore and his team.

A Haitian girl who received medical care from Moore and his team.

Previous Updates:

Brian Summerfield

Brian Summerfield is Manager of Business Development and Outreach for NAR Commercial and Global Services. He can be reached at bsummerfield@realtors.org.

More Posts

No Responses

ADD YOUR COMMENT