By Agence France Presse
Lance Armstrong, in Australia prior to the Tour Down Under, pledged $250,000 for victims of the Haiti earthquake on Thursday. He urged the public to come forward with further donations.
Armstrong 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 to several organizations that are doing a lot of work down there, one of which is the Clinton Foundation.”
The foundation was set up by former President Bill Clinton, focusing on worldwide issues that demand urgent action.
“This is really when the global community has to step up and recognize that we’re very fortunate and sometimes we have to reach out,” Armstrong said.