Wichita, KS, March 25, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Lily Wu, Miss Cosmos 2009/2010, does her part to help Haitian earthquake victims and hopes in doing so and providing information to encourage others to do the same. Volunteers came together, at the Salvation Army, during a multi-day volunteer event in cities all across Kansas to package food for victims of the Haitian earthquake. Lily states, it costs $30 to feed 100 people and 30 cents per meal to buy, package, ship and deliver. The meals prepared had four different ingredients: rice, soy, freeze-dried vegetables, chicken flavoring along with 21 vitamins targeted to help the immune system. With extra information, those uninformed may be inspired to help.
The 2010 Haitian earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 M earthquake, with an epicentre near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km (16 miles) west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake occurred at 16:53 local time (21:53 UTC) on Tuesday, 12 January 2010. By 24 January, at least 52 aftershocks measuring 4.5 or greater had been recorded. As of 12 February 2010, an estimated three million people were affected by the quake; the Haitian Government reports that between 217,000 and 230,000 people had been identified as dead, an estimated 300,000 injured, and an estimated 1,000,000 homeless. The death toll is expected to rise. They also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings had collapsed or were severely damaged.
The earthquake caused major damage to Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and other settlements in the region. Many notable landmark buildings were significantly damaged or destroyed, including the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly building, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, and the main jail. Among those killed were Archbishop of Port-au-Prince Joseph Serge Miot, and opposition leader Micha Gaillard. The headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, collapsed, killing many, including the Mission's Chief, Hédi Annabi.
Many countries responded to appeals for humanitarian aid, pledging funds and dispatching rescue and medical teams, engineers and support personnel. Communication systems, air, land, and sea transport facilities, hospitals, and electrical networks had been damaged by the earthquake, which hampered rescue and aid efforts; confusion over who was in charge, air traffic congestion, and problems with prioritization of flights further complicated early relief work. Port-au-Prince's morgues were quickly overwhelmed; tens of thousands of bodies were buried in mass graves. As rescues tailed off, supplies, medical care and sanitation became priorities. Delays in aid distribution led to angry appeals from aid workers and survivors, and some looting and sporadic violence were observed. On 23 January, the Haitian government officially called off the search for survivors.
The need for help is still very apparent. If you wish to join Lily in her pursuit to further the efforts on the behalf of Haitian victims, you can go to http://www.numanainc.com and click on donate.
If you wish to book Lilly to attend your event, she is an accomplished public speaker and scholar, with a Mater’s of Journalism, and prides herself in being an avid volunteer. She speaks fluent Cantonese, English and Spanish. You can find out more by going to http://www.cosmospageants.com or http://www.miss-cosmos.com.