By: Alyssa Wilson
Tennis champion Naomi Osaka pledged to donate some of her award money to Haiti after a massive earthquake devastated the country.
On Saturday, Haiti was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. More than 1,200 people were killed and thousands were injured. The country is bracing for impacts from Tropical Depression Grace, which could bring heavy rain and high wind to the region.
Osaka tweeted about the earthquake, saying it hurts to see what the country is going through. “Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti.”
Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising ??❤️??
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 14, 2021
According to ESPN, Osaka is playing in the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament this week. Her father, Leonard Francois, who taught her how to play tennis, is from Haiti.
Haiti, now struggling from the devastation caused by the earthquake, was already unstable. In July, the country’s president Jovenel Moise was assassinated, causing political strife.
Other high-profile figures from other industries have also spoken out about Haiti, including Cardi B, Don Omar and Charlie Wilson.
I got a soft spot for Haiti and it’s people.They my cousins.I pray for Haiti they go thru soo much????.God please cover that land and it’s people??
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) August 14, 2021
Let us pray for the country of Haiti during this devastating time and for all of the souls called home to you. May you heal the community and give them the strength to face the challenging days ahead. ??
In Jesus Name,
— Charlie Wilson (@CharlieWilson) August 15, 2021
NONE! Let’s send some positive energy to Haiti! Man that country is cursed. https://t.co/Zwi5xO0Qre
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) August 14, 2021
— DON OMAR aka KONG (@DONOMAR) August 14, 2021
We are deeply saddened by the reports of casualties and heavy damage following the earthquake earlier today in #Haiti. @UNICEFHaiti staff is already on the ground making assessments to prioritize urgent needs and to provide aid to affected communities.https://t.co/yccFEgNT5p pic.twitter.com/ki8JPx4TAi
— Jean Gough (@Jean_UNICEF) August 14, 2021
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