French Striker Thierry Henry Has Donated 56,000 Euros To Haiti

By Dialogo
January 22, 2010

Barcelona's French striker, Thierry Henry, donated €56,000 to the NGO Doctors Without Borders to help Haiti after last week’s earthquake on Jan. 12, the club announced Friday. The Barça striker "has worked with Doctors Without Borders and has contributed €56,000 to help the Haitian people," wrote Barça on their website. Speaking on television and the website, the Barça striker said: "This tragedy has greatly affected me and it's good that everyone mobilizes to help Haiti." "It touches me closely because 20 years ago a similar case happened on the island of Guadalupe, so I know what the Haitians are going through," he added. "I have many friends there. Haiti is a former French colony. It is as if we were cousins. It's never easy to see what is happening and we should help. I felt I had to do something. So I decided to make a donation to the NGO Doctors Without Borders,” he said. According to a latest report on the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the quake caused at least 75,000 dead and 250,000 wounded, while about one million people have been affected. In September 1989, Hurricane Hugo caused 26 deaths on the Antilles islands, and 15 in the French island of Guadeloupe, where some 20,000 people were affected. Henry, who joined Barcelona in 2007, is one of the best paid players in Spain with an estimated annual net salary of €7.5 million Euros, according to Spanish media.