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Hornets' Paul donates $61K for Haiti relief fund

By Official Release
Posted Jan 19 2010 11:21AM

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul is donating $61,616.61 as a citizen of New Orleans for the Haiti relief fund efforts of Project Medishare and UNICEF that Alonzo Mourning and Olympic teammate Dwyane Wade have jump-started. Paul is donating that specific amount in honor of his late grandfather, who was murdered at the age of 61.

"As a citizen of New Orleans, I know firsthand of how much help is necessary in a time of need," Paul said. "In honor of today being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, being a New Orleans resident and the honor of my late grandfather, helping the relief is something that really hits home for me."

"As the great Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Mourning and Wade formed "Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti" to rally support from the sports community to help those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.

Funds raised will be directed to organizations on the ground, specifically Project Medishare, which is actively working to support the Haitian people.

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