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Schumacher to donate $10M to tsunami victims

by Brent Welch / January 4, 2005 11:13 PM PST

Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is digging deep into his pockets to help victims of the tsunami earthquake disaster in Southeast Asia.

The Ferrari driver pledged to donate $10 million US on Tuesday during a televised fundraising gala in his native Germany. The gala was a joint effort between the German Red Cross, the U.N. Children's Fund and other organizations.

The television program, titled "We want to help ? a heart for children" took in more than $45-million US in pledges.

http://www.cbc.ca/storyview/MSN/sports/national/2005/01/05/Sports/schumacher050105.html

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(NT) (NT) cool
by Mark5019 / January 4, 2005 11:13 PM PST
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UPS pledges $3M tsunami aid package
by Mark5019 / January 4, 2005 11:28 PM PST

UPS will donate $3 million in aid to the Asian countries battered by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

The aid comes in the form of $2.5 million in transportation and other services, $400,000 in cash grants to relief organizations and $100,000 in employee-matching funds.
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The Sandy Springs delivery giant will airlift medical and emergency supplies and carry other goods to the devastated regions for disaster relief organizations. The company plans to bring up to 1 million pounds of supplies weekly via air, ocean and ground from Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The company's charity will donate a total of $400,000 to relief organizations, with half going to the American Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund and the rest to other aid agencies.

http://www.ajc.com/business/content/business/0105/05ups.html

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Nearly every shopping site I go to.....
by Josh K / January 4, 2005 11:31 PM PST

....has a link on the home page for donations. I bet other celebrities are giving too and not necessarily announcing it publicly. It's nice to see the outpouring, without the need for an incentive to give like a benefit concert or something.

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I agree ...
by Evie / January 5, 2005 6:26 AM PST

... and kudos to the likes of this man and Sandra Bullock (who just wrote a personal check for $1Mil). I heard a report that one of the Williams sisters and another tennis player (can't recall the name, the Russian US Open champ I think) auctioned off tennis rackets to raise about $2500 for tsunami aid. I would think that either one of the Williams sisters would barely miss writing a check for $2500 from their own funds. I see NO charity in this. After all, at their level of play, they probably don't even pay for their own rackets that are provided by sponsors. I'm not aware that tennis players routinely supplement their incomes by auctioning off rackets. So basically they did this to raise funds from others to donate on their self-serving behalf. Unless a performer donates the entire proceeds of an event (thereby "donating" their cost of putting on the show), I tend to hold a rather skeptically cynical view of such celebrity "charity". I also heard the Nets are donating a portion of the proceeds of the tickets they sell in the next two weeks (for any remaining game in the season). To me this is taking advantage a bit. I suppose ticket sales are sagging Sad They would be better to just write a check for a lump sum, and if this makes them look better in the fans eyes to go see them play, so be it. Were I a theater goer, I would make it a point to go see Sandra's next movie as a show of my appreciation for her doing the right thing with her celebrity!

Where are all those Hollywood millionares? And please don't tell me there are probably lots that just don't want their donations known. Their egos would predict otherwise.

Evie Happy

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Terrific! This is what we need to hear about now
by MarciaB / January 4, 2005 11:32 PM PST

My kudos and prayers to all those who are helping the people involved in this enormous disaster.

Hopefully this $$ will be utilized and channeled correctly.

Thanks, Brent Grin


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