How an Olympian Raced to Support Haiti

The track legend was just as fast in coming to Haiti’s aid

Usain Bolt
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By Débora Montesinos, HIPGive contributor

Usain Bolt’s exploits on the track are the stuff of legends, and he’s considered the fastest human on Earth. But recently the record holder showed that he’s just as speedy when it comes to helping those in need.

The Jamaican donated $10 million USD to support victims of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated Haiti in October.

Press called Hurricane Matthew the most destructive hurricane that has shaken the Caribbean in the last decade. On October 4th it arrived in Haiti, taking some 550 lives and leaving terrible destruction, including displacing 175,000 people and affecting some two million, according to United Nations statistics.

For these reasons, the Olympic athlete traveled to Haiti to see firsthand what had happened. After his evaluation, he announced that through his foundation he would help those affected with a donation of $10 million.

But this isn’t the champion’s first altruistic action. Since he became famous, he’s also supported diverse initiatives in his birthplace, Jamaica. After competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he also donated $500,000 for children affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

And that’s another part of Bold’s legend as a champion, both on and off the track.