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  1. 1. Chiropractic Action Team, Inc Disaster is inevitable, suffering is optional www.chiroaction.org Welcome to CAT! MOVING MOUNTAINS…Dear Colleague,What does the world need now and where do you fit in? For decades, humanitarian work across thisplanet has been synonymous with massive humanitarian aid organizations like Doctors Without Borders, theWorld Health Organization, and the Red Cross.In a world that’s been confronted by so many catastrophic events, the demand for reactive help hasincreased dramatically in the past 10 years. In order to be able to continue their movement of helpingpeople in need, organizations like the Red Cross have started forming partnerships with numerous non-profitorganizations and many healthcare professions like psychiatrists and even physical therapists.The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is made up of the International Committee of theRed Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the186 National Societies all over the globe. Their Movement is guided by the seven fundamental principles:humanity, impartiality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality. All Red Cross and RedCrescent activities have one central purpose: to help without discrimination those who suffer and thuscontribute to peace in the world.Partnerships may grow naturally out of existing relationships between pro bono service providers andhumanitarian aid organizations like the International Red Cross. Since the conclusion of the 2009 Italianearthquake relief project, the Chiropractic Action Team - CAT has continued to move forward to developcontacts inside each of the different branches of the International Red Cross Movement and the responsehas been overwhelmingly positive.In Italy a successful follow-up project in 2011 become a key example of how government run organizationlike the Italian Red Cross National Society can partner up with private health care practitioners and a non-profit chiropractic organization to create a program where each work together to improve the health of theirvolunteers and make a positive impact on their local communities. In addition to the creation of twochiropractic clinics inside the Red Cross emergency centers of northern Italy, a lecture series was givenwhich taught the Red Cross volunteers and staff how best to prevent back injuries in times of crisis orevents related to natural disasters.As of January 1, 2011, the CAT organization has grown to become an United States tax-exempt 501 (c)3charity public benefit non profit corporation based in San Diego California. We also have a European branchoffice in Bologna Italy. Thanks to the support of Parker University of Dallas, TX and the World Federationof Chiropractic of Toronto, Canada, CAT has plans to create other Red Cross collaborations in other partsof the world.Pro bono work is not only professionally satisfying, but it’s personally satisfying as well. We get a chanceto help people who otherwise wouldn’t have access to our chiropractic health care system or have not yetexperienced it in their country. We as doctors get to experience something unique, outside the private sectorof our normal practices. It is in times of great loss that we realize what is most important to our heartsand minds, and it is in the deepest adversity that we discover who we really are. There is a saying inHaiti that ‘behind every mountain, there lies another’, and nothing could be more true for humanitarian and 336 E Avenue - Coronado, CA 92118 USA ▪ TEL +1 619 319 5976 ▪ FAX +1 619 215 9032 Via Delle Tovaglie, 5 - Bologna 40124 ITALY ▪ TEL +39 051 1998 0364 ▪ FAX +39 051 1198 2876
  2. 2. disaster relief organizations. And there is no time better than the present for our profession to get involvedin humanitarian aid; so that we can help others with chiropractic care make it through the next big hurdle.This is where chiropractic humanitarian efforts fit in. Two of the biggest challenges our profession facestoday is your perceived value and the question of whether or not you are the right person for the job ofsaving the world through education and results-driven care. The basic principles of chiropractic state that byrestoring tone and proper function of the body, it will do what it is intended to do: flourish. Isn’t that whatis needed on this planet?Many have spent their time and money on building a practice full of wealthy people. Their life goals mayserve people who somewhat understand chiropractic, but nothing is changing in the world. You have acalling to serve and your philosophy can be a catalyst to create change. Change that will provide peoplewith more opportunities to thrive with proper health as intended. Be the change that you wish to see. Whenthis feeling is strong enough, there is no choice but to act on it. Dr. Martin Luther King called this the“fierce urgency of now.” When you find your true calling, connect it with a strong purpose, and takemassive action, mountains will move.Needy families and individuals in our community go without proper food, shelter, and essential medical careevery day due to a variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence,or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, Red Cross volunteers have been taking care ofthese people for decades. They are very special individuals who have decided to dedicate their lives to thegreater good for others in need. Now as doctors of chiropractic, we have an opportunity to take care ofthem and make a significant contribution to the humanitarian aid community as members of the Italian RedCross make up the largest number of clients we serve.Would you like to help us make a difference? We need people like you to donate time, energy, andexperience in a variety of areas, including giving health talks and other public speaking events with the RedCross, providing adjustments during the Red Cross clinic hours, participation in CAT administrative meetings,help with individual transportation of participating DCs, and more. Together, we will be able to promote thegrowing awareness of chiropractic care many of these families and individuals dedicate their lives to serve inthe Red Cross, but to work toward a brighter future with their community outreach programs in healtheducation, disaster preparedness, wellness counseling, and volunteer assistance. Members of CAT say theyfeel rewarded many times over for the help they provide in making a difference in the lives of others.There is a major shift happening right now in our profession, both in Europe and in the US with moreChiropractic non-profit organizations forming and joining together. There has never been a better time to bea chiropractor. The world is desperately waiting for you to take the lead and help get its inhabitants backto thriving.Please email us today at chiroaction@gmail.com to find out more about how you can help or even donateto our cause, or visit our Web site at www.chiroaction.org. Thank you and we look forward to hearing fromyou soon!Sincerely,Dr. Jennifer LovernPresident 336 E Avenue - Coronado CA, 92118 USA ▪ TEL +1 619 319 5976 ▪ FAX +1 619 215 9032 Via Delle Tovaglie, 5 - Bologna 40124 ITALY ▪ TEL +39 051 1998 0364 ▪ FAX +39 051 1198 2876