David Evans, owner of The Stick in the Mud, is a firm believer of supporting people who have no choice but to live on this mostly-lovely planet we call Earth. Evans believes in people, and he believes in helping others when you are in a position to do so. He seems to favour the idea of treating people well: treat your employees well; treat the people in your town well; treat the people in the world well; treat the world well.
To that end, you will often find The Stick quietly sponsoring a variety of events in Sooke. Just recently, they sponsored the Bouncy Castle at the Wadams Way Market hosted by the Sooke Family Resource Society. They were also there to help out at the recent memorial for W.J. (Billy) Stephenson at Sooke’s main fire hall.
Their latest treat-somebody-well effort focuses on one local man, known around town as Hum (pronounced “whom”). Hum, also known formally as Eric Anderson, lives gently on this earth, off the grid, in a cabin above the Potholes.
Hum has ties with Ethiopia, where he has given any surplus money he has raised to help with medical procedures to fix club feet and hair lips. His projects overseas are ongoing.
“At 72, Hum has spent much of his retirement savings financing his African trips. Recently, he’s also covered an unexpected round of medical bills for his friend Helen Abebe, a particularly courageous, hard-luck Ethiopian woman he’s worked with over the years. He’s glad to have made the sacrifice while also accepting that his trips overseas may be at an end due to financial realities.
“Now friends are rallying to raise at least $5k to help Hum with his expenses and perhaps send him back to Ethiopia so that he can continue his humanitarian work in northeast Africa.”
Evans has secured a bag of Ethiopian Limu beans from Seattle’s Atlas coffee importers. He will roast and sell these beans, and donate all the proceeds from their sale to Hum’s projects and goals. All of it. One hundred per cent.
“He’s doing stuff we all wish we were doing,” says Evans of Hum. “The desire to help when you feel helpless is important.” When you buy the Ethiopian coffee from the Stick, you will be helping.
Okay. So, maybe a cup of home-brewed coffee won’t change the world, but it could help one guy in Sooke help many others through his humanitarian work. And all you have to do is buy a bag of beans at the Stick, like you were going to do anyway, and request the Ethiopian Limu bean—as soon as you see the sign (below) displayed.
If you’re interested in learning more about Hum, or donating directly, visit the GoFundMe page (or scroll down below). Additional information on both Hum and Helen and their work in Ethiopia is available here, on the Awareness Film website. (If you want to rent the movie, it’s available via A Sea of Bloom.)
Hum Aid: Back-to-Africa Campaign