The brilliance of the Roddenberry legacy continues — this time, to help those in Haiti.
Rod Roddenberry, son of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and “Star Trek” computer voice actress Majel Barrett, is auctioning off some of his late parents’ belongings to aid HaitianHero.com, an organization that usually offers programs to Haitian youth. Right now, though, HaitianHero is focusing on the rebuilding efforts the country will need in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. The president of the organization is Jimmy Jean-Louis, who plays “The Hatian” on NBC’s “Heroes” and who hails from Haiti himself.
Rod Roddenberry has sold the family home, and though he is keeping a number of sentimantal and valuable items from his famous parents, he says he unfortunately doesn’t have room to keep them all.
Auction items are a mix of “Star Trek” and ordinary items. Among the items are his father’s driver’s licenses, his mother’s golf bag, a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” script and some Star Trek movie stuff signed by J.J. Abrams. To see Roddenberry’s full list of items, look at his Facebook album here. What’s more, Roddenberry will match whatever the auction raises and send that along to Haiti too, thereby doubling the funds.
Roddenberry describes the reasoning for putting the items up for auction in that same Facebook album:
Here’s the deal, there are a lot of people suffering in Haiti right now and we can all do something about it. I have a number of items that belonged to my father and mother that I consider valuable in one way or another. I’m sure there are many of you other there that would share my sentiments. I am prepared to part with b/c I know they’ll go to a good home and I think we’ll all feel great if we can give to those who need it. Therefore, this will be an auction where all proceeds go to the Haiti relief. To be clear, I nor anyone else at Roddenberry will be profiting from this Auction. In addition, at the end of the auction, I will match the total amount from all items.
This is a really cool thing for anyone to do, and obviously it would be pretty neat to have a piece of “Star Trek” or Roddenberry history. Take a look at the Roddenberry treasure chest and see what you can do. Or, if you’d rather, check out HaitianHero.com, the American Red Cross, Yele.org or any number of verified charitable associations. Every dollar counts.