Sunday, 9 October 2016

Usain Bolt Did Not Donate $10 Million To Rebuild Haiti After Hurricane Matthew

While Hurricane Matthew was not as devastating to the United States, it did a lot of damage to Haiti. Of course, efforts will be needed to help rebuild the country. However, fake news articles have been inaccurately crediting Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt with $10 million in donations to the hurricane-ravaged nation of Haiti.

For Haiti, at least 900 people are believed to have died. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and some 350,000 people need aid, the government said. Cholera is a major fear, with several deaths reported, as are food supplies, given the destruction of crops, according to the BBC. At least 13 people have died from the disease since the hurricane, as sewage and floodwaters mix.

An article on the web site reported that Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt donated $10 million to the nation of Haiti in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew earlier that week:

"Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt has donated 10 million dollars to help rebuild Haiti, after the island nation wasslammed by Hurricane Matthew this week.

The donation which will be utilized through his foundation was announced today after he travelled to Haiti to ascertain the damage caused by the hurricane".

However, Snopes reported that the information was incorrect, however. Like a previous instance of false reporting on Bolt’s charitable activities, the story was a hoax created to amass web traffic and ad revenues.

At the Rio Olympics, Bolt won his third straight 100m gold. Bolt ran 100m in 9.80 seconds, winning his third straight gold medal in the event, something no runner has accomplished before; American Justin Gatlin took the silver. Bolt also blew away the field for his third straight 200m gold. Bolt convincingly won the Olympic 200m gold medal, his eighth Olympic title.

Source: BBC

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