Street View: A 24-hour street photography project

Haiti and its people weigh heavily on my mind and in my heart. They have for quite some time now… ever since my visit to the Dominican Republic back in 2006. Many times I’ve thought of volunteering to go help with earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti, but it’s just not practical… I don’t have the expendable income, I don’t have the proper skill set to be of any use and I’d likely just be in the way.

So….

I’ll be on the corner of Queen and Brock Streets in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario from noon on Friday, June 3 until noon on Saturday, June 4 taking photos and accepting donations to the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Some friends will be with me busking, keeping me company and making sure I don’t get rolled for my gear and/or donations.

Following this, I’ll host a photo exhibit and silent auction at Loplops on June 25 starting at 7:30 p.m. All funds raised will go to the J/P HRO. It really is a spectacular organization, bringing real hope and change to Haiti for a better, more sustainable future. I have their full blessing in this project.

The following is a press release issued to my local media with all the important info and tid-bits…

SAULT STE. MARIE – Sunday, May 29, 2011 – Local photographer, Donna Hopper, is preparing to camp out for a full 24 hours at a busy downtown Sault Ste. Marie intersection, taking photos and accepting donations to raise funds for the J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO).  Titled “Street View”, the charity street photography project will take place at the intersection of Queen and Brock Streets from noon on Friday, June 3 until noon on Saturday, June 4, 2011.  Following this, she will host a photo exhibit and silent auction at Loplops Gallery-Lounge (651 Queen Street East) on Saturday, June 25 starting at 7:30 p.m.  All funds raised will be donated to J/P HRO to aid its efforts in rebuilding Haiti following the devastating earthquake that stuck in January 2010.

“Since viewing photographs and reading stories of the devastation caused by that earthquake, the people of Haiti have remained in my thoughts and heart.  To manage that magnitude of destruction and displacement of lives in an already impoverished nation is unimaginable to me,” said Donna.  “Nearly a million Haitians remain homeless more than a year later.  Something needs to be done.”

“After hours of contemplation and research regarding charitable organizations, I chose to support J/P HRO because I’m convinced this organization has the dedication, motivation and resources to directly aid the people of Haiti the most,” she added.  “I find its efforts to create and maintain a sustainable future for Haiti inspiring.”

Founded by actor Sean Penn immediately following the earthquake, J/P HRO’s principle efforts include:

    •    Providing emergency medical and primary care
    •    Rubble removal
    •    Facilitating community regeneration
    •    Distribution of water purification systems and food
    •    Education and management of internally displaced persons (IDP) camps

To learn more about J/P HRO’s efforts and progress in Haiti, please visit www.jphro.org

Donna has also set up a donation page on the J/P HRO website for those who wish to help but are unable to attend the event.  Contributions can be made directly by clicking here

Donna would like to thank Loplops Gallery-Lounge, Stone’s Office Supply, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service, and all her friends and supporters for their assistance in this fundraising project.

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