Naomi Osaka of Japan is donating her Grand Slam prize money to benefit earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
She’ll receive a $3 million payout following her win over Serena Williams at the French Open on Thursday.
Owing to an injury, Williams pulled out of the Roland Garros championships, meaning the 19-year-old Osaka became the youngest French Open winner since Justine Henin.
Venus Williams introduces Osaka as French Open winner https://t.co/N3Jw3z30vE pic.twitter.com/shGE0zRLLa — Leena Wright (@LeenaWrightVN) May 18, 2017
Osaka is one of several celebrities who has publicly spoken out about the devastating earthquake that ravaged Haiti last year. It killed more than 250,000 people and caused $35 billion in damages.
During a visit to Haiti last June, singer Justin Bieber pledged $10,000 to help rebuild the country. In a statement, Bieber said he wanted to leave Haiti a better place than he found it.
Overseas Donations to Haitian Earthquake Relief Efforts Tops $8 Million https://t.co/7ENVmLba3H pic.twitter.com/m33cA8HH7C — U.S. Dept. of State (@StateDept) March 12, 2017
“I am proud to support my friend Kim and her Cares Foundation for their work in Haiti and will continue to help others in need as part of my Better World Challenge,” Bieber said in a statement.
According to Forbes, Bieber has pledged $1 million each to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
And Oscar-winner Russell Crowe donated $500,000 to the Cares Haiti Rebuild fund in December. The Hollywood actor called for donations to aid in the reconstruction efforts in the Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Family of young mom killed in Batam quake demands action from president https://t.co/rRXJzDwQy1 pic.twitter.com/3jNri7o2mV — theafricamagazine (@theafricamagazine) April 23, 2017
Osaka said in her post-victory interview with CNN that she wanted to make a difference in Haiti.
“This is a really crazy moment,” Osaka said. “There’s also someone who died over there in Haiti. So that was the first thing in my mind when I made it to the trophy, I kind of just wanted to look back and see if she was still alive or not.
“I want to see if she’s still alive and if she’s not, I want to see if she’s still OK and how she’s doing.”
Naomi Osaka: “I want to make a difference in Haiti” @indiechamp https://t.co/34ZslUPoGx pic.twitter.com/IkPqAn9y6A — Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 18, 2017
She also said, “That’s something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid, is to come back to Haiti because I went to school there and it was so much fun. My grandpa teaches there and I just want to do my part to help him out.”
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