Haiti earthquake anniversary events

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Weekend Anchor Tammie Fields holds 2-year-old Fritzcar, who lost her mother and her arm in the Haiti earthquake.
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Tampa, Florida - Wednesday, January 12 is the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. It was the strongest earthquake to hit Haiti in more than 200 years. Hundreds of thousands of people died and thousands were hurt.

According to Catholic Charities 120 Haitians were transported to the Tampa Bay area to receive medical care. A year later 89 are still receiving help. Sheila Lopez, the Chief Operating Officer for the charity says many of the Haitians still need help from the community for rent, food and follow up medical care.

2-year-old Fritzcar, pictured to the right, lost her mother and her arm when they became trapped inside a building. Her father is taking care of her now in Tampa.

Lopez says many of the Haitians are going to school, learning English and looking for work.

Below is a list of several events planned in recognition of the anniversary of the deadly disaster.

Wednesday, January 12 - 7:30 p.m. Prayer Service - Bethanie Haitian Seventh Day Adventist at 10401 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa.  Pastor Gerly Germain says the community is welcome. They will pray for the lives lost and for the survivors.

Wednesday, January 12 - 6:00 p.m. Prayer Service- Hope Outreach International at 4200 32nd St. W. Bradenton.  Pastor Julio Volcy is holding a celebration of life service to mark one year since the earthquake.

Saturday, January 15 - 11 a.m. Award Service - Bethanie Haitian Seventh Day Adventist at 10401 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa. Pastor Gerly Germain says officials and individuals in the Tampa Bay community will be recognized for their exceptional service in the aftermath of the earthquake. 

Saturday, January 15 - 6 p.m. - Night of Reflection - Hosted at Bethel Community Baptist Church at 2901 54th Avenue South in St. Petersburg. Fundraiser to develop a training center where the people of Haiti can re-establish themselves by regaining skills and resources they need to rebuild and maintain their families and country.

Saturday, January 15 - 8 p.m. - A Healing For Haiti - The Dare to Care International Group in collaboration with Partners In Health is holding a benefit concert to raise money for the St. Nicholas Hospital in Haiti. Organizers say the patients at the hospital don't have sheets and basic supplies. 

The concert will feature bands from Haiti and other sister islands in the Caribbean. All of the proceeds will be handed over to the non-profit, Partners In Health which is stationed in Haiti.

The concert is being held Supa D Tropical Bar and Grill (aka Tropix) at 810 Skagway Avenue in Tampa which is the near the corner of Busch Blvd. & Nebraska Ave. Call 813-650-6994 or 813-340-7766 for more information.

Tammie Fields, 10 News

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