Armstrong's charity pledges $250k to Haiti victims

Tour de France legend urges public to donate

Lance Armstrong says his cancer charity Livestrong will pledge US$250,000 – around £150,000 – to help victims of yesterday's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Armstrong, visiting Australia for next week's Tour Down Under, spoke of the "devastating" impact of the 7.0 magnitude quake on the impoversihed Caribbean country, and urged the public to come forward with further donations.

"Over the years with political turmoil, poverty and now the earthquake it's devastating," he told reporters. "On behalf of Livestrong we'll be donating $250,000 to several organisations that are doing a lot of work down there, one of which is the Clinton Foundation."

The William J Clinton Foundation was set up by former US president Bill Clinton, focusing on worldwide issues that demand urgent action. According to the Livestrong blog, funds will also go to Partners in Health, led by Paul Farmer, and Doctors Without Borders, both of which have a strong presence in the region.

More than 100,000 people are feared dead in Haiti, with up to two million injured. Many have been left homeless.

"This is really when the global community has to step up and recognise that we're very fortunate and sometimes we have to reach out," Armstrong said.

The 38-year-old cancer survivor came back from retirement at the 2009 Tour Down Under and will seek his eighth Tour de France title later this year.

© AFP 2010

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