This may not be about lightweight backpacking, but it is about tents for people who are currently forced to live outdoors. Rain, cool weather, and malaria carrying mosquitoes threaten probably a million or more homeless Haitians.
I received an email from Jeff Basford of Paha Que Wilderness the other day. Paha Que is a small tent manufacturer based in San Diego, CA and makes amazing car-camping tents of which I have a few. After buying and being very impressed with two of their tents I worked with Jeff to develop a side-tent for camping trailers like my Chalet.
Back on the subject- The text of the email from Jeff follows:
You can help make a difference!
Paha Que' Wilderness, Inc., would appreciate your partnering with us, Rescue Task Force and the SoCo Group Inc. by sending tents to shelter tragically displaced Haitian families. As everyone is sadly aware, the catastrophic earthquake which struck Haiti, left millions of people homeless and has devastated Haiti. More than an unbelievable 50 aftershocks, registering magnitude 4.5 and higher have forced those already hurting families whose homes had not been destroyed, to now sleep outside.
Our goal is to provide tents for 2,500 people, and to have these tents in Haiti within 10 days.
TENTS = LIFE!
DONATE ONLINE NOW TO HELP SAVE A LIFE!
Rescue Task Force, an International Disaster Relief Agency based in Carlsbad, Ca., has crews on the ground in Haiti right now, that will ensure the tents are used where they are needed most. The SoCo Group, Inc. has agreed to provide free shipping. Rescue Task Force has agreed to MATCH us tent for tent for every donation we receive, up to $20,000! That means 2 tents for every $39 donation!
Rescue Task Force is a program of
World Emergency Relief.
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The tents are basic 7'x7' family camping tents- not Paha Que's signature models but I'm sure they're decent.
I donated the cost of three tents, Rescue Task Force will match my donation plus SoCo Group will cover shipping so a total of six families will have dry, mosquito proof shelter. I'm embarrassed to say that this seemingly generous act cost less than I just spent on a pair of crampons.
To make a donation you can do it right from Paha Que's shopping cart- but this won't give you a tax deductible charity receipt. If you need that donate at the Rescue Task Force website - go to www.rescuetaskforce.org, click on Donate Now, in the drop down window you will see Tents for Haiti, where you can make the tax deductible $39 per tent donation.
Rescue Task Force
Paha Que store to order tent directly.
Questions can be directed to Paha Que:
jbasford at pahaque dot com
Or Rescue Task Force:
andrea at rescuetaskforce dot org
Thanks for listening.