If you’ve never heard of The Fuel Relief Fund, they are the team that brings in fuel needed to power life-saving equipment. Their most recent dispatch was in April when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit northern Ecuador. Six provinces in the country were ruled ”disaster zones” resulting in hundreds of injuries and thousands of people who were left homeless. The Fuel Relief Fund First Response Team arrived with free fuel to run the generators which power lights, medical equipment, and basic modern technologies like phones for survivors to reach out to their families.
The fuel also assists the ongoing response of other humanitarian aid partners in the area. However, in order to do this the organization relies on donations. Their goal for the Ecuadorian Earthquake Response is $50,000 and they are almost there. Through fundraisers such as the sold-out Spring Golf Tournament they have been instrumental in providing fuel in disasters all over the world including Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Haiti Earthquake in 2010, and Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
The fund was started during Hurricane Katrina when founder Ted Honcharik heard about the severe gas shortage in the area. A group of people involved in the California oil industry sent a tanker of fuel to New Orleans and started giving away fuel. What most people don’t even realize is that lack of fuel is a chronic problem in disaster areas.
Today, the group doesn’t send their own tankers out to affected zones. Through donor money, the group buys fuel locally and gets it to where it is needed the most. Right now the fuel is needed to assist those in Ecuador trying to survive after the devastating earthquake. You can help by making a donation which will assist organizations in life-saving search and rescue efforts, medical attention, and basic living requirements.
Here at PT Coupling, we are integrally involved in the oil and gas industry and support many humanitarian aid organizations. We feel especially connected to the Fuel Relief Fund because we understand the role fuel plays in our lives. We rely on fuel for most modern conveniences and helping out those in need helps us give back.
We hope that you will join us in supporting this worthwhile group as they work to bring fuel to areas experiencing a natural disaster. Contact us here to learn more.