Alum aids Haiti with prop plane
Jonathan Glynn '74 was by no means a full-time human rights activist, although he has supported and run many charity events in his native state of New York. He was by no means an expert pilot, either, although he had earned his private pilot's license and had five years of flight experience with 500 hours logged. When the Jan. 12's earthquake struck Haiti, however, Glynn decided, "[I] had a pilot's license, a small plane and the desire to help the Haitians...so I pulled myself together and made it happen."
Glynn knew how valuable a small plane like his would be in aiding Haiti, so he began working with Cavalry Chapel in New Jersey and flew down over $100,000 worth of medical supplies to make-shift hospitals in Jacmel, Haiti and the surrounding area. Glynn ended up staying in Haiti helping transport medical supplies around Haiti for 17 days. "I stayed down there longer than I had thought because things just kept building." Because the earthquake crushed Haiti's already weak infrastructure, Glynn said that his "phone service was marginal...you just didn't know what you were going to get or when you were going to get it." Glynn did, however, find a lot support on Facebook. "It was really a community...it was amazing," he said.
Even after returning, Glynn still uses both Facebook profile and the Wings Over Haiti Facebook group to further develop the network he has helping him with his relief efforts. One of his most recent status updates said, "This is what's needed now in Haiti and what I need to bring for my next trip down March 15th: 'lots of chloroquine, amoxil, atenolol, advil, tylenol, septra, ciprofloxacin, metronidazol.' Please contact me if you have access to these donated supplies whether they have expired or not. Thank you."
Since he's stopped flying back and forth to Haiti, Glynn has been raising funds here in America and is planning two major fundraisers on March 13 and 14, which he will hold on Long Island, NY. He plans to return to Haiti after the fundraising weekend.
For more information or to support Glynn, visit his website at Wings Over Haiti