Peter Taft returned from Haiti two nights ago and spent Monday evening at the Rock+Relief benefit concert at The Woods with buzz bands Japanther, Das Racist, and Cerebral Ballzy to raise money for the relief effort.
"You're hearing a lot about the 250,000 dead in Haiti, but what you are not hearing about is the millions injured and the millions sick and [the people] we can keep alive," Taft, of the Bed Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps, told the crowd.
Taft, who flew back from Port-au-Prince the night before, had spent the last nine days running a disaster search rescue team and volunteering at the only emergency room open 24 hours a day in Haiti, which is run by the U.S Army's 82nd Airborne Division with the help of BSVAC. He plans on returning in the next few days.
"We had a 14-year-old tight asthmatic in our clinic ... and we were using an oxygen humidifier tank with a broken seal," Taft said.
"I saw a doctor chewing gum and fixed the seal with two pieces of bubble gum -- that's what it's like in Haiti right now."
All proceeds, including all of the employees shift pays for the night, along with one hundred percent of bar gratuities, the cover charge at the door, and Underground Press T-Shirts, were donated to the Bed Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corps relief efforts in Haiti.
For Cerebral Ballzy's lead singer, Honor Titus, the disaster struck way too close to home.
"My 93-year-old grandfather was just outside of the city when the earthquake hit and had to sleep outside for like 3 days-- and he's blind. ... He's safe in Florida now, but we're really happy to be a part of this benefit show."