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Naomi Osaka said that she will donate prize money from an upcoming tennis tournament, the Western & Southern Open, to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday, resulting in at least 304 deaths and 1,800 injuries, according to the Associated Press. Osaka made a pledge the same day via Twitter, saying that it “really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti.”
“I feel like we really can’t catch a break,” Osaka, 23, wrote. “I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti.”
Osaka, who’s of Haitian and Japanese descent, added: “I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising.”
Really hurts to see all the devastation that’s going on in Haiti, and I feel like we really can’t catch a break. I’m about to play a tournament this week and I’ll give all the prize money to relief efforts for Haiti. I know our ancestors blood is strong we’ll keep rising 🇭🇹❤️🙏🏾
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) August 14, 2021
The Grand Slam champion has previously spoken about her heritage. In 2019 she visited Haiti, her father’s birthplace, and said it was a “humbling experience.”
The Associated Press reported that the quake happened around 8:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, about 7.5 miles northeast of Saint-Louis-du-Sud. A 5.2-magnitude tremor hit the island 20 minutes later.
Videos of the aftermath of the earthquake showed damaged streets and crumbling buildings.
Hundreds were killed or injured, and more are missing after a major earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, reducing churches, hotels and homes to rubble https://t.co/SMIURCYsZY pic.twitter.com/PClHUOHxnL
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 15, 2021
The AP reported that Haiti’s new prime minister, Ariel Henry, declared a one-month state of emergency.
“The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble,” Henry said. “We have learned that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded, fractured people.”
Haiti is still recovering from the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that occurred in 2010.