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Oakville Event: Fundraiser to back Oakville doctor in Haiti – February 6, 2010

February 5, 2010

The devastation in Haiti has inspired a group of Oakville residents to hold a fundraiser to rebuild a children’s hospital and honour the contributions to that country of Oakville doctor John Yates.

It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. at The Firehall, 2441 Lakeshore Rd. W. in Bronte. The fundraising event will feature Mississauga band Still Garage.

Yates departed Haiti hours before the earthquake hit on Jan. 12 and has since returned to help. This week, Yates, his wife, Sandy and their children, have been in Haiti.

Yates has learned Grace Children’s Hospital sustained severe structural damage and will have to be torn down and rebuilt.  Upon hearing of the plight of the hospital, Oakville resident Krista Smith began planning a fundraiser.

“I feel it is important to recognize the wonderful work that Dr. Yates is doing in Haiti, and with the Canadian government matching donations dollar for dollar, I think we can make a valuable contribution to the rebuilding efforts,” said Smith.

Tickets to the fundraiser for Haiti cost $15 and are available by calling the Firehall at 905-827-4445.  For more information on ICC or Yates’ efforts, visit

Every donation made to ICC Canada up to February 12th for the Haiti Earthquake will be matched one for one by the Canadian Government.

  • Click here to read segments of Dr. Yates’ personal reflections on the devastation in Haiti.
  • To view the W5 story on Dr. Yates entitled, “A doctor’s harrowing return to Haiti” please click here.

Read the entire article “Fundraiser to back Oakville doctor in Haiti” from (January 29, 2010)

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