Paris Hilton did not announce today her intentions to leave the USA and join the non-profit organization Project417 located in Toronto. The celebrity heiress, oft noted as being famous for being famous, is unlikely to confirm the unfounded rumors, first published on Facebook, that she would leave the media spotlight behind to join Project417 to help the homeless. A spokesperson for Project417, Andy Coates, would neither confirm nor deny the reports, but is quoted as saying, ” Paris Hilton?“. It is uncertain at this time as to the impact this may or may not have on the U.S. Presidential race, global warming, or the price of a barrel of crude oil.
The reports may be linked to the upcoming visit by Andy Coates of Project417 to New Orleans. Andy is visiting New Orleans at the end of August 2008 to take part in ceremonies commemorating Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. gulf coast on August 29th, 2005. Andy as part of a Project417 team volunteered for New Orleans relief and disaster recovery efforts from April to October of 2006 and worked on re-building projects in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Lakeview and Gretna. Andy headed up several volunteer teams from the Salvation Army Louisiana Recovery Command and Americorps as well as teams from Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.
The re-building projects consisted primarily of helping the extended family of Mr. Herbert Gettridge renovate three homes in the almost totally destroyed Lower 9th Ward of Orleans Parish. He also lead teams working on renovating the home of Mr. Lionel Worthy in the Lower 9th (situated directly across the street from the Katrina Memorial erected in 2006), as well as a house in Lakeview adjacent to the breached 17th Street Canal owned by the elderly Mrs. Aline Dastague.
During the upcoming visit, in addition to taking part in the city’s memorial events, Andy will visit with the people he and the other volunteers helped to see the changes two more years have brought to the still recovering communities. Andy has learned that there is still work needed at a home owned Mr. Gettridge. The property has historical heritage site status as the former home of Sister Gertrude, a local artist and musician, and still needs to be placed back on its foundations. In addition, he will visit with the local New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity worksites and communicate with the Fuller Center for Housing (Millard Fuller is the founder of Habitat). The end purpose of the visit is to decide upon a worksite for a Project417 volunteer team who will head down to New Orleans later this fall (November).
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Ok, so this had nothing to do with Paris Hilton, but at least you read the note. You can help by making a donation today to Project417. Visit the Project417 Page here on Facebook or go to http://www.project417.com
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