DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS: Good Neighbor Winner Returns From Haiti
May 23, 2016 08:28 AM
DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS: Pat Moore is not a doctor, but he managed to save the lives of hundreds of Haitian earthquake victims during his two weeks in the devastated Caribbean nation. Moore, a 2007 winner of REALTOR® Magazine’s Good Neighbor Awards and a professional firefighter, reluctantly returned home to Fort Gratiot, Mich. last weekend racked by the reality that there is still much more to do to relieve the suffering. “I’d seen the images on TV. But when you actually get there and see the devastation, it’s much greater than anyone can imagine. It’s awful.”
Bringing antibiotics and other medical supplies as part of his volunteer work as the founder and director of The Harvest of Haiti, a nonprofit humanitarian outreach group, Moore painstakingly made his way through the “tent cities” that have cropped up around Port-Au-Prince to treat victims as best as could. “It was as simple as providing antibiotics, cleaning wounds and redressing them. I was really struck by the lack of after care. Many of the people would have died from infections without our help. There were no doctors. I was as good as it gets. ”
He estimates that he treated about 350 people during the trip. Though Moore has emergency medical training, he added: “I know not to do anything fancy.” He also treated many victims who reinjured themselves on the mounds of debris. “People are falling on the jagged concrete that is everywhere,” he said.
After his arrival in Haiti on Jan. 29th, Moore also worked with the U.S. 82nd Airborne to deliver food, cooking oil and tarps to Haitians. “One of the best parts of the trip was being able to feed hungry kids,” added Moore, who is a sales associate with JoAnn Wine & Associates in Fort Gratiot.
He hated to leave Haiti, but takes comfort in knowing he’ll return in mid or late April once commercial air service is restored. He entered Haiti via a flight to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, followed by a six-hour van ride across the border to Port-au-Prince. He left the country on a twin-engine Piper eight-seater on a flight donated by a private pilot. “It’s very sad to see an entire city leveled,” Moore said. “But I can’t wait to go back. This trip along with our future ones wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the people at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and others. Without them, we would have been dead in the water.
NAR and Good Neighbor Award Sponsor Lowe’s donated $50,000 to Moore’s group. The REALTORS® Relief Foundation has contributed another $500,000 to relief efforts in Haiti and is continuing to raise funds at http://www.realtor.org/about_nar/haiti_relief.
Read Pat Moore’s reports from Haiti on the Speaking of Real Estate blog.
- Wendy Cole, REALTOR® Magazine
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