Usain Bolt Makes Donation To China Earthquake Victims
reggaewire | August 25, 2008 at 05:11 pmby
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The 22-year-old Olympic hero has, in just over a week, become an inspirational role model for millions of children not just in his native Jamaica but throughout the world and today we saw how important that position was to him as he played and joked with the children on the stage.
He came with his entire family whom he showed off proudly to say: “I am overwhelmed by the positive support and love shown to me by the Chinese people and wanted to say thank you by making a personal donation of US$50,000 to the Red Cross Society of China.
He added: “This donation is a gift from me to the children who have been victims of the earthquake in China’s Sichuan Province. Some of these children have been seriously injured and will never be able to experience the joy of running or even dancing. It is a difficult time for them and I just hope I can help bring a smile to their face.”
Subsequently he invited the children to the World Beach Sprint to be held in Negril, Jamaica next year. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett fully supports Bolt’s humanitarian gestures and offered to support the children on the visit to the historic World Beach Sprint event.
“The triple World Record is an unprecedented act and sets a new world standard which cannot be fazed by negative invection’ from anyone,” says Minister Bartlett.
Jamaica’s sweep of honours at the Games has been nothing short of astonishing, headed by Bolt’s staggering achievements and the first-ever clean sweep in the women's 100 metres. The relay, with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Bolt and Asafa Powell, is the icing on the cake for this little island with possibly one of the warmest people you could ever have the pleasure of spending time with.
“I for one couldn’t be happier or prouder of them,” added Minister Bartlett.
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