Lance Armstrong donates 250k to Haiti earthquake victims
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Armstrong donates 250k to Haiti quake victims

by Agence France-Presse at 10:09 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, General
Cycling superstar Lance Armstrong pledged 250,000 US dollars for victims of the Haiti earthquake on Thursday and urged the public to come forward with further donations.

Armstrong, visiting Australia for next week's Tour Down Under, said the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, which left more than 100,000 feared dead, was "devastating" for the impoverished Caribbean country.

"Over the years with political turmoil, poverty and now the earthquake it's devastating," he told reporters."On behalf of Livestrong (Armstrong's cancer charity) we'll be donating 250,000 dollars to several organisations that are doing a lot of work down there, one of which is the Clinton Foundation."

The foundation was set up by former US president Bill Clinton, focusing on worldwide issues that demand urgent action.

"This is really when the global community has to step up and recognise that we're very fortunate and sometimes we have to reach out," Armstrong said.

The 38-year-old cancer survivor came back from retirement at the 2009 Tour Down Under and will seek his eighth Tour de France title later this year.

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