Blue Bombers Travel to Haiti on Earthquake Anniversary

By Brian Schultz

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - NOVEMBER 05: A man man looks out at the remains of a flooded market caused by the remains of Hurricane Tomas which largely spared Haiti on November 5, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The storm caused minor damage throughout the country and led to the evacuations of thousands of individuals from vulnerable tent camps to more secure structures. Over 1 million Haitians are refugees due to the January's earthquake. Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, has been further unsettled by an outbreak of cholera which has so far killed over 330 people. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Two Winnipeg Blue Bombers are travelling to Haiti for 10 days on the anniversary of the country’s devastating earthquake.

Running back Yvenson Bernard and long snapper Chris Cvetkovic will join six other CFL players to shine the spotlight on reconstruction and rehabilitation projects, including a visit to an Oxfam program.

“I traveled to Haiti last March to assist in relief, and the conditions are unfathomable,” said Bernard. “I’m desperate to give Haitians hope, and any relief possible in this devastating situation. Keeping people continually aware of the horrible situation and conditions in Haiti is my main goal.”

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010, killing an estimated 222,570 people and injuring more than 300,000 others. A hurricane ripped through the same area on November 5.

Kelly Bates, Graeme Bell and Aaron Fiacconi of the Edmonton Eskimos, Ray Fontaine of the Montreal Alouettes, Obed Cetout of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Jason Jimenez of the Hamilton Ti-Cats are also travelling to Haiti.