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Posted October 04, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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Email received from Jacqueline Cervoni

I am writing on behalf of the Orion Foundation here in Toronto, Canada. We are a humanitarian relief organization that works on a specific project called the Cuba Project. Harold Hosein has headed up this project for the past five years and it is growing. We ship tanker containers full of vital items such as medical equipment, beds, clothing, bicycles and many other items directly to the Cuban people.
He has established great relationships in Toronto and Cuba to make sure these containers get to the people in need. Currently due to the recent devastation we are sending 4 tanker containers full of beds and blankets…. there are 26 more to go and we would love to have our information posted on your site.
Please feel free to visit our website OrionFoundation.ca

Press Release

Destructive Storms in Cuba Make Need for Vital Containers More Critical Than Ever

Orion Foundation Granted Permission to Send Containers of Mattresses to Help With Relief Efforts

As hurricanes ravage the Caribbean, Cuba has been left devastated in their wake. Already an impoverished nation, Cuba has been a focus of Canadian charities, like Orion Foundation and Recycle Your Bicycle, for some time. Due to its ongoing relationship with the Cuban Consulate in Canada, Orion has been granted immediate permission to send four forty foot containers of mattresses and clothing to Cuba at this very critical time.

“Although all the contents of the containers have been donated by In-Kind and Canadian Tire has agreed to supply trucks to move the containers to the shipyard, it still costs thousands of dollars to send each container to Cuba,” says well-known Meteorologist / Broadcaster Harold Hosein, who is also associated with Orion Foundation and Recycle Your Bicycle. “To date, the Orion Foundation has been covering the costs, but sending four containers so quickly requires some help from caring Canadians. We are known for our generosity towards the less fortunate in the world. Now it is needed more than ever in Cuba and the Caribbean,” he adds.

There are two simple ways to donate money to help Orion send these much needed containers. The first is through the Orion Foundation’s Cuba Project Bank Account at Bank of Montreal, Davis Drive, Newmarket, Account Number 3956 8198 927. The second is on-line at OrionFoundation.ca, using the source code CUBA to ensure donations go directly to the Cuba Project.

The Orion Foundation is a charitable organization involved in several humanitarian projects, including the Africa Project, which has sent more than $130 million in HIV meds to Sub-Saharan Africa. Working with Recycle Your Bicycle, Orion’s Cuba Project has been responsible for sending containers of vital items, including medical supplies and equipment, clothes and bicycles, to Cuba.

For more information, contact:

Dani Stern
DS Publicity Group
Tel:  905-271-8169
Fax: 905-271-9853
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Our Mission: The Orion Foundation is a charity that strives to uphold the miracle of the human struggle to improve life. Often, we find that those that fall through the cracks of society, or even that of our global community of organizations whose goals are to assist those in need, find themselves lost and trapped into a cycle of suffering. Our fundamental goal is to assist those in need.


An open letter to anyone interested in helping Cuba in its time of crisis from Hurricane IKE.

The Orion Foundation and Recycle your Bicycle are Ontario-based charities sending aid to Cuba. Since 2004, twelve 40-foot containers have been sent, three of those in 2008.

We are currently most interested in clothing, shoes, bed linens and children’s toys, to replace just about everything lost in most of Cuba.

There is also a great need for money to aid in shipping these containers.


Please send your cheque donation to The Orion Foundation at the address above, and memo the bottom of your cheque The Cuba Project.

Sponsors may also elect to cover the complete cost of individual containers, in which case we will adorn the container with appropriate signage in favour of the donor, when the container is being loaded, so that any news coverage will be beneficial to the sponsor(s).

The cost of shipping varies with the cost of fuel but will be approximately $4500CAD per container.

If you think you may be able to help, please contact Harold Hosein at 416-716-1663 or via the net .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sincere thanks for any help you can offer.

Harold Hosein

680 News Staff Meteorologist
VP Humanitarian Relief (Cuba)
The Orion Foundation


  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 04, 2008 by bernie

    This I can do, my search for such an organization, just ended.
    Thank you Havana Journal for having such a web-site.

    May I add an old cliche??? “the check is in the mail”.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on October 04, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thanks, happy to post but I should add that I do not know them personally so please research any organization that you wish to support.

    The Havana Journal has not reviewed or endorsed any charitable organization offering humanitarian relief to hurricane victims.

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