For Immediate Release
Contact: Paul Fidalgo
Phone: (207) 358-9785
January 15, 2010
Amherst, New York—In response to Haitian residents’ emergency needs following the Jan. 12 earthquake, the Center for Inquiry’s Skeptics and Humanist Aid and Relief Effort (S.H.A.R.E.) has raised $47,000 in less than 24 hours. Those who live without God or religion, along with faith groups, recognize the need to assist the stricken nation’s survivors and have answered the call.
All donations to S.H.A.R.E.—100 percent with no operating costs retained—will be sent directly to the secular aid group Doctors Without Borders, which suffered the loss of all three of its medical facilities and is working against difficulties to provide the basics of first-aid care and stabilization.
“Good, nonreligious people want to help, but are often reluctant to give when they know their donations may be diverted from real aid to sectarian causes,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry. “S.H.A.R.E. provides an assured opportunity for people to directly help those in need—and to show they care—without a needless entanglement in religion.”
Previous S.H.A.R.E. campaigns raised relief funds for survivors of the 7.9-magnatude earthquake that struck China’s Sichuan Province in May 2008, assisted displaced families following the February 2008 tornadoes in the Southeastern United States and the Southern California wildfires that destroyed thousands of homes in 2007, and helped to coordinate the distribution of medical supplies on the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Rita in September 2005.
S.H.A.R.E. is a program of the Center for Inquiry, responding to the need to provide an alternative for those who wish to contribute to charitable efforts without the intermediary of a religious organization in times of great need.
Those wishing to contribute to the dedicated Haiti campaign through S.H.A.R.E. may do so at https://secure.ga1.org/05/share_earthquake_in_haiti
The Center for Inquiry/Transnational, a nonprofit, educational, advocacy, and scientific-research think tank based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism, founded in 1980; and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (formerly CSICOP), founded in 1976. The Center for Inquiry’s research and educational projects focus on three broad areas: religion, ethics, and society; paranormal and fringe-science claims; and sound public policy. The Center’s Web site is www.centerforinquiry.net .