A virtual storytelling event and auction of seven paintings by Haitian artists will take place on Sunday, September 12, to raise funds for relief efforts following the devastating earthquake in Haiti last month.

Organizer Andrea Lovett, of Abington, said the virtual event, hosted on Zoom, will be the second fundraiser after a more impromptu event shortly after the earthquake. The event will be free, although donations are encouraged.

The 7.2 magnitude earthquake killed at least 2,207 people, injured 12,200 others and destroyed at least 50,000 homes.

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Seven storytellers, including Arnie Danielson, of Brockton, will tell stories of their own or Haitian folklore, during the Zoom event scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 12.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Assembly of Haitian Artists of Massachusetts and the Haitian Mass Relief Task Force 2021. The money raised will go to inaccessible towns in rural areas of the country where aid is most needed, said the organizers.

The organizer Charlot Lucien, a Haitian artist who lives in Foxboro, offered two pieces at the auction. Attleboro-based Mimi Désir, who teaches at Brockton, also donates artwork.

"Stories of the Woods" by Mimi Désir is painted on a traditional Haitian tray, woven from palm leaves, and is auctioned on Sunday, September 12, as part of a fundraiser for Haiti after the last earthquake.

Lucien said there is a strong sense of solidarity in the region with Haitians.

“We hope that we can get young people to participate in this particular form of cultural event, storytelling, to connect with Haiti and learn more about Haiti from a different perspective,” said Lucien.

The theme of the story is “recovered”.

“Some of the storytellers were able to draw stories from the images they saw, so there will be a feeling of mentally traveling through the paintings. It will bring back powerful stories and powerful solidarity,” Lucien said.

In total, he said he hopes to raise $ 50,000 by the end of September.

"Harmony in the Field of Flowers," by Victor Jean Claude, will be auctioned on Sunday, September 12, as part of a fundraising benefit for Haiti after the last earthquake.

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The Haitian Mass Relief Task Force also collects household items with drop-off points at 33 Dover St. in Brockton, 80 Pleasant St. in Brockton and 871 North Main St. in Randolph, as well as Malden, Everett and Boston.

Items collected include clean needles, blood pressure monitors, alcohol wipes and bottles, tents, new tarps, sanitary napkins and diapers. The group is also looking for volunteers.

The Zoom event will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Zoom meeting ID is 844-2431-3104 and the passcode is 9722316.

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USA Today material was used in this report. Contact reporter Wheeler Cowperthwaite at [email protected]


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