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Wednesday 26 April 2017

Charity set up in memory of only Irishman to die in Haiti disaster given special award

From Left: Gregory Grene, Leslie & Carmel Buckley and Timothy Perutz. As the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award will be presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF), at the Sixth Annual Haiti Ball To Celebrate Haiti Week.
Picture Fergal Phillips
From Left: Gregory Grene, Leslie & Carmel Buckley and Timothy Perutz. As the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award will be presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF), at the Sixth Annual Haiti Ball To Celebrate Haiti Week. Picture Fergal Phillips
From Left: Gregory Grene, Ambassador, chef and TV personality Clodagh McKenna, Leslie and Carmel Buckley and Timothy Perutz. as the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award will be presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF), at the Sixth Annual Haiti Ball To Celebrate Haiti Week. Picture Fergal Phillips
From Left: Ambassador, chef and TV personality Clodagh McKenna, Leslie and Carmel Buckley, at the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award will be presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF), at the Sixth Annual Haiti Ball To Celebrate Haiti Week. The AGF was established in memory of Andrew Grene, a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations, who was the sole Irish fatality in the 2010 earthquake, at the Intercontinental Hotel tonight. Picture Fergal Phillips
From Left: Gregory Grene, Antonia King general manager at Haven, Leslie and Carmel Buckley and Timothy Perutz. as the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award will be presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF), at the Sixth Annual Haiti Ball To Celebrate Haiti Week. The AGF was established in memory of Andrew Grene, a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations, who was the sole Irish fatality in the 2010 earthquake, at the Intercontinental Hotel tonight. Picture Fergal Phillips
Jerome Reilly

Jerome Reilly

The charity Haven hosted its sixth annual Haiti Ball this evening.

The event at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin celebrated Haiti Week and raised vital funds following the devastation caused in the country by Hurricane Matthew.

At the event the prestigious William Jefferson Clinton Goodwill for Haiti Award was presented to Gregory Grene and Timothy Perutz, founders of the Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF). The AGF was established in memory of Andrew Grene, a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations, who was the sole Irish fatality in the 2010 earthquake.

Gregory, Andrew’s twin brother, and Timothy, his lifelong friend, set-up the AGF in 2010 to empower the people of Haiti through education, loans and building projects.

It has opened the Andrew Grene High School in Cité Soleil, offering free education and scholarships to hundreds of students in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Port au Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Its microfinance programme in Aquin, south Haiti, equips local women with micro-loans to pave their way out of poverty, with more than 1,600 enrolled in its education project.

Leslie Buckley, Founder and Chairman of Haven, said: “It is a great honour to present this prestigious award to the founders of the AGF. Gregory and Timothy are continuing the legacy of their cherished brother and friend, Andrew, who was incredibly passionate about the people of Haiti. By opening access to education for young people and supporting women to build their own livelihoods, they are transforming thousands of lives in Haiti.”

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