Miami Businesses and Charities Team Up to Bring Water Desalinization Treatment to Haiti Disaster Relief Efforts

Efforts to supply 10,000 gallons of drinking water each day

Jan 27, 2010, 09:30 ET from ASSIST-CARD USA

MIAMI, Fla., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- ASSIST-CARD, the largest and most complete travelers' assistance and insurance network in the world, and Sky Limo Air Charter, a full-service aviation company based in Fort Lauderdale, has teamed up with the Tim Hardaway Foundation and the Best of South Florida television show to bring Haiti an unlimited supply of clean drinking water - one of the top two necessities - to help facilitate disaster relief efforts.

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"We are proud to be able to quickly facilitate help in a time of crisis with the resources our international company has in place and our capability to call on global partners," said Keith St. Clair, managing director ASSIST-CARD USA. "This collaborative effort is a natural partnership, as the Tim Hardaway Foundation has been providing assistance to Haitian residents for years and Sky Limo Air Charter and Best of South Florida are exceptional partners for this venture."

Three reverse osmosis water desalinization machines will be flown from Fort Lauderdale via one of Sky Limo Air Charter's fleet of aircrafts. Once in Haiti, the machines will desalinate and clean both ocean water and well water, resulting in more than 10,000 gallons of drinking water each day.

"Sky Limo Air Charter has been providing numerous flights to Haiti, transporting vital supplies and personnel to assist in relief efforts.  Realizing that it's not practical to continue to haul massive amounts of water, we believe that the water filtration system will do more to provide a long-term solution to Haiti's on-going water problem," says Tom Conlan, president of Sky Limo Air Charter.  "Healthy living requires clean drinking water and we are honored to be able to assist where help is needed," adds Conlan.

"We are delighted to provide support to this partnership and help bring aid to a worthwhile cause in a critical time of need," said Jessie Alexander, co-host of Best of South Florida.

For years, the Tim Hardaway Foundation has focused efforts on giving a voice to the voiceless in Haiti. By funding the construction of homes for impoverished families, the charity has been able to establish livable conditions and give many children a healthy life to look forward to on the island. "As our foundation's focus has surrounded the children of Haiti, we are committed to our mission of helping alleviate the suffering in Haiti, especially in the aftermath of this natural disaster through the partnership with ASSIST-CARD, Sky Limo Air Charter and the Best of South Florida," said Tim Hardaway, Tim Hardaway Foundation.

Consumers can donate funds to the "Haiti Water Purification Project" via the Tim Hardaway Foundation at www.TimHardawayFoundation.org. All donations will go directly to funding these water relief efforts in Haiti.

TIM HARDAWAY FOUNDATION

The Tim Hardaway Foundation was founded by NBA star Tim Hardaway in 2008. The Foundation works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and socio-economic needs of ethnically diverse urban communities. In addition, the Tim Hardaway Foundation has focused efforts on giving voice to the voiceless in Haiti. By funding the construction of homes for impoverished families, the Tim Hardaway Foundation will establish livable conditions and give many children a healthy life to look forward to on the island.

ASSIST-CARD

Formed in 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland with the then-revolutionary concept of "aid to the traveler," ASSIST-CARD has grown to service five continents with more than 400,000 providers available in 110 countries. ASSIST-CARD delivers around-the-clock emergency assistance to travelers in all situations, under any conditions, anywhere and at any time. At ASSIST-CARD, "twenty-four seven" isn't a catch phrase: it's a solemn pledge, and one proudly honored for more than three decades. For more information and a complete listing of services and policies offered, visit www.ASSIST-CARDusa.com.

SKY LIMO AIR CHARTER

Sky Limo Corporation is a full service aviation company that has been providing air charter service, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, and whole and fractional aircraft sales since 1998. Headquartered at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), in Florida, Sky Limo also has offices in Orlando (ORL), Sarasota (SRQ), St. Petersburg/Tampa (PIE) and Stuart (SUA).  

The charter department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with a call out for a charter flight averaging one hour. Sky Limo's experienced charter representatives can quote, dispatch and provide concierge services from the office or via an integrated mobile dispatch system. In addition to their own fleet of luxury aircraft, Sky Limo has access to a worldwide network of other operators whose aircraft and pilots have been pre-screened to meet the same rigid safety qualifications that Sky Limo subscribes to.  Sky Limo conducts business via certification under Part 135 of the FAA regulations and has a perfect flying record.  For additional information, please visit www.skylimoaircharter.com or call (954) 776-9004.

BEST OF SOUTH FLORIDA

The Best of South Florida is a television show that showcases athletes, celebrities, power players and people who have done  great things for the community. The show has been on the air for seven years and currently reaches millions of viewers on five different networks in both Spanish and English. For more information, visit www.bestofsouthflorida.Tv



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