Hamilton Mountain resident helping with Haiti hospital fundraiser:Haiti Happening runs Feb. 29 at the Grand Olympia

Mountain resident Georgina Cosentino has an affinity for the people in Haiti.

First as a bringer of toothbrushes and other dental supplies to the impoverished Caribbean island nation and then as a supporter of the Hôpital (hospital) Albert Schweitzer located in Deschapelles, a town of about 5,000 some 54 kilometres north of the capital Port-au-Prince.

“I experienced firsthand a different side of our world when I first visited Haiti in 2001,” Cosentino said. “Since that time, the people of Haiti have been in my heart and mind.”

The retired dental hygienist noted the Albert Schweitzer was the main hospital that helped the injured in Port-au-Prince following a massive earthquake 10 years ago.

Now she is helping organize a fundraiser for that hospital.

The 17th annual Haiti Happening runs Feb. 29 at the Grand Olympia on Barton Street in Stoney Creek.

“Visiting Albert Schweitzer on two occasions, I have witnessed firsthand the dire need for continued health care and health prevention for the people of the region,” Cosentino said.

The event will feature music, silent auction items and draws, in addition to a four-course dinner and complementary wine.

Tickets are $80 per person with a $35 tax receipt.