When you think the tragedy is far from you, you are reminded it is just next door.
The earthquake in Haiti and the near total destruction of the country shocked the world. The UN estimates that close to 100,000 people have died, but there is no way to reach an exact number.
Amid such huge numbers, personal tragedy seems irrelevant, but it isn’t. Browsing the websites of our GMA associates, we stumbled upon the story of Mike Desir. He has lost his mother in the tragedy.
Mike is a BJJ student at Renzo Gracie Ottawa, owned by GMA black belt Pat Cooligan, in Canada. As usual, after the pain, comes the wish to help and comfort. So, Cooligan and his school decided to give their small but vital contribution to comfort Mike and help Haiti.
On the weekend of January 24th-25th, they are going to host a Trainathon. All the procceds will be donated to the US Red Cross, an organization playing a key role in aiding the victims. For more info, go to oama.ca.
GRACIEMAG.com joins the effort to help Haiti. If you want to donate money or help in any way, here are some channels through which to do it:
In the US, text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts.