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New York, NY – November 4, 2013 – J/P Haitian Relief Organization celebrates the extraordinary effort and commitment of Team J/P HRO, which took part in yesterday’s 2013 ING NYC Marathon to raise funds for “The Long Run for Haiti” campaign. This fundraising effort is dedicated to supporting J/P HRO programs that continue to provide health care, education, construction, and the safe return to permanent housing for displaced earthquake survivors in Haiti.

Earlier this year, J/P HRO fielded a team of activists, philanthropists, high-­‐profile entrepreneurs, alongside five of Haiti’s top-­‐
ranked athletes to run in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon and spearhead a fundraising campaign to benefit Haiti. Among those running on Team J/P HRO were longtime supporter, actress and activist, Pamela Anderson; partners of the pioneering real estate development company Delos, Morad Fareed and Peter Scialla; Senior Vice President of Global Strategy for the Ormco Corporation, Matt O’Connell; Chief Sustainability Officer for Greif Inc., Scott Griffin; J/P HRO supporter Shan Lui; and five Haitian athletes —Astrel Clovis, Jean Macksony, Bertine Lainé, Carline Lamour.

“I made it! It was bitterly cold and I faced temperatures I have never experienced before. However, I remained conscious of my pace and focused on reaching the finish line at the time I had set out for myself,” said Astrel Clovis, leading Haitian runner on Team J/P HRO. “Although I am shivering right now, I can’t believe I got to experience this great opportunity and I will be coming back to do even better.”

“We stand proudly behind the Haitian athletes who represented their country with honor at the ING New York City
Marathon,” said Sean Penn J/P HRO Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “We also appreciate J/P HRO
supporters Pamela Anderson, Neil Blumenthal, Dave Gilboa, Morad Fareed and Paul Scialla, for joining us in bringing attention to the beautiful spirit of the Haitian people. J/P HRO has made a long-­‐term commitment to the reconstruction effort in Haiti and is determined to help realize a better future for this resilient nation.”

“It has been an incredible privilege to work with these five inspiring Haitian athletes as they have demonstrated so vividly their
determination to compete on the world stage,” said Ron Baldwin, Executive Director of J/P HRO. “While the fundraising J/P HRO has done in connection with the NYC Marathon has been a tremendous success, it is the spirit and resolve of team J/P HRO that is most gratifying”.

In June, the Haitian athletes competed in a half-­‐marathon in Haiti in Pétionville to qualify for Team J/P HRO and participate in the 2013 ING New York City Marathon. They trained rigorously with the support of sponsors Emporio Armani EA7, New Balance, Government of Haiti’s Ministry of Youth, Sports and Civic Action, and the Fédération Haïtienne d’Athlétisme Amateur (FHAA). Corporate sponsors Emporio Armani EA7, New Balance, Digicel and MSC Trading S.A. contributed to the training costs and equipment for Team J/P HRO and the marathon runners were outfitted with Emporio Armani’s athletic apparel line EA7 and New Balance’s innovative neutral cushioning 890v3 running shoes.

The individual finish times of Team J/P HRO runners in the 2013 ING NYC Marathon are as follows:

1. Astrel Clovis, 43 – 02:46:52
2. Jean Macksony, 31 – 02:53:05
3. Bertine Lainé, 31 – 03:15:41
4. Carline Lamour, 20 – 03:15:44
5. Shan Lui – 04:04:40
6. Scott Griffin – 04:17:33
7. Matt O’Connell – 04:33:16
8. Morad Fareed – 05:30:48
9. Pamela Anderson – 05:41:03
10. Peter Scialla – 06:51:50

On the heels of the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO mobilized a rapid and effective response to save lives and to manage the Pétionville Camp, which swelled to nearly 60,000 displaced earthquake survivors. J/P HRO quickly expanded its services in step with the needs on the ground, working to revitalize local Haitian communities through focused programs including: camp and relocation management, medical clinics, education, community development and livelihoods and engineering, rubble removal and reconstruction. Today, there are less than 2,000 people remaining in camp. By the end of 2013, the organization will achieve a major milestone in the effort to successfully transition all remaining camp residents to safe, durable and long-­‐term housing.

J/P HRO has also established two medical clinics to provide free emergency care and primary health services for a nominal fee. Each month, an all-­‐Haitian medical staff sees and treats an average of 8,000 patients. J/P HRO has managed Ecole de l’Espoir (School of Hope) for children living in camp over the last three academic years. Today, the Education Program provides 260 children with quality, comprehensive education and has created a model school district in the Port-­‐au-­‐Prince community of Delmas 32. J/P HRO is committed to build on its successes achieved to date and will raise funds and pursue strategic fundraising initiatives in order to continue to support and empower local communities as they rebuild.

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J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. The goal of J/P HRO is to support the residents of the camps we manage and surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable, and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. We work with the support of and in collaboration with local and national government leaders, community based organizations, other international NGOs, UN agencies, donors and—most importantly—the community members themselves. More information can be found at www.jphro.org. You can follow J/P HRO on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/JPHRO, add J/P HRO to your Google+ circles at http://bit.ly/jphroplus, and find J/P HRO on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/JPHRO.