March 23, 2010

Hamline alumnus takes big steps to raise disaster relief funds for Haiti

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 When Jordan Dibb ’09 graduated from Hamline, he expected to make great strides in his future...but he had no idea that he’d literally be doing just that.

On January 12, the earthquake in Haiti hit. An able-bodied young male with some French skills, Dibb felt he was a perfect candidate to volunteer his time and energy toward relief efforts. He eagerly called about 30 disaster relief organizations, only to be turned down each time due to his “lack of natural disaster experience.”

Frustrated and fed up at rejection even from volunteer work, Dibb called the final nonprofit on his list. Upon yet another apologetic refusal, he asked the representative how he could “just get down to Haiti to help.”

Her reply: “Well, you could always walk.”

Dibb walked away from that conversation with an idea.

Beginning Saturday, March 27, Dibb will embark on foot from Minneapolis, Minnesota upon an eight-state, 1,800-mile journey. Walking roughly 20 miles per day for 100 days, his goal is to raise $100,000 for Haiti by the time he arrives in Miami, Florida on July 4. He has partnered with the organization Action Against Hunger, whose goal is to ensure access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.

Dibb hopes not only to raise money but to also raise awareness of the current situation in Haiti. “What I really want people to do, is when I’m walking through their city or town or college, to come out and walk a mile with me. My hope is to reach somebody in every town. This walk is about creating the difference you want to see in the world.”

Donations go directly toward efforts in Haiti and are completely tax-deductible.

Anyone interested or curious is invited to join Dibb on Saturday, March 27, when he will begin his walk with a lap around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis at 9:30 a.m.  At around 11:30 am, he will depart on his journey from The Tin Fish restaurant (3000 Calhoun Parkway E. in Minneapolis). Walking through Hamline University’s St. Paul campus at about 3 p.m., he hopes students and community members will join him for a mile or two, keep him company, and hear his story. 

You can follow Jordan’s journey as he updates his website, learn more, and donate to his cause at http://www.iwalkforlove.com.

To view Jordan’s story, click here.