By Ann Patton
Academy Spirit staff
“Bull Six” cadets jumped into action after hearing about the severe earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12 that may have left more than 100,000 people dead.
With a can-do spirit, they set about doing their part to help the Caribbean nation that was – and is – desperately in need of assistance.
“We should do something,” said Cadet 1st Class Jeff Faulkner, cadet service officer for Cadet Squadron 06.
With only the cost of some envelopes and poster board, the squadron completed an auction, offering everything from shoe shines, bed making and use of a privately owned vehicle for a weekend,
“I was hoping for $1,000. I would be happy with $20 or $200,” Cadet Faulkner said before the auction. The squadron raised $2,037. The economics major said more than half of the 117-member squadron joined forces to make it work, either through contributions or volunteer help.
He said proceeds will be forwarded to a relief fund, a Combined Federal Campaign-approved 501(c)3 charity. Cadet Faulkner said the magnitude of the disaster drove the squadron to reach out to others. According to reports from several news media outlets, as many as
1.9 million people in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince are without basic necessities such as food, water and shelter.
The cadet remembered being at home in Spring, Texas, when the accounts of contributions came pouringin after Sept. 11, 2001, were made known. He realized
the devastation in Haiti, in terms of human lives lost and survivors’ needs, far exceeded that tragedy.
Cadet Faulkner said it was no surprise the squadron heeded the call to help others and that the squadron typically goes out of its way to lend a hand. He cited, as one example, cadets chip in readily to help others in their squadron when a family member passes away and has no funds for airfare to travel home.
“We help one another out,” he said. “We think of the Haitian people as Bulls, and the squadron is taking it to heart.”
Cadet Faulkner stressed squadron members are willing to share their experiences with the CS 06 auction with other squadrons. Cadets and others in the Cadet Wing are welcome to make donations to the effort after the auction, he added.