Sixers Center Samuel Dalembert and NBA's only Haitian-born player to personally donate $100,000 to UNICEF in support of Haitian relief efforts before game on Friday, January 15
DALEMBERT TO ALSO MATCH DONATIONS MADE BY FANS AT GAME
January 14, 2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Philadelphia 76ers Center Samuel Dalembert, a native of Haiti, will present a personal check of $100,000 to Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, to help aid relief efforts in Haiti, before the Sixers host the Sacramento Kings at the Wachovia Center on Friday, January 15 at 7 p.m.
In addition to his personal contribution, Dalembert has also pledged to match the amount of money donated by Sixers fans at the UNICEF table on the concourse during the game on Friday, January 15. Fans not attending the game can text GIVE to UNICEF (864233) to donate $5.
"While I cannot begin to imagine what my friends and family are going through as they deal with this terrible tragedy, I will do everything that I can to help raise funds to aid in the relief efforts,” said Dalembert.
"My heartfelt thanks to Samuel Dalembert and the Philadelphia 76ers for their generous contribution," said Stern. "This will help provide essential life-saving supplies to the people of Haiti, especially for the thousands of children most in need without shelter, clean water, nutrition, and those separated from their parents in this disaster."
Over the years, Dalembert continues to dedicate himself to helping his community, both in Philadelphia and in Haiti. Dalembert received the NBA Community Assist Award last February in recognition of his outstanding efforts in the community and for his ongoing philanthropic and charitable work.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dalembert spent the first 14 years of his life in Haiti before moving to Montreal, QUE. He is currently the only active Haitian player in the NBA.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress—the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 24,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Our mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.