Jan
14
2010
Tiger Woods, Haiti Quake Humanitarian?
By Stephanie Wei under General

Tiger Woods, who has eluded public sight since the sex scandal broke, is contributing to the earthquake relief effort in Haiti, says Russell Simmons.

Simmons tweeted the above screen-grab on Wednesday night. In a follow-up tweet, he said, “I heard tiger woods donating to send a cargo plane with a mobile hospital out there. Keep ur prayers high!”

He professed to the New York Daily News that Tiger is contemplating a $3 million donation, which would send “a mobile hospital with 50 EMTs to go set up a triage.”

Simmons also said he was speaking to Tiger on Thursday morning for confirmation, “I am just asking for his heart and his hand. Just to meet the needs of the people. I am just reaching out to him as a human.”

Just do it, Tiger. Not only would it be a generous gesture to assist with a very worthy cause, but it would also be a good PR move — which sportswriter Jason Whitlock seemed to imply with this tweet: “If I’m Tiger, I park a big luxury liner off the coast of Haiti and me and Rachel Uchitel pass out $10 mil in bottled water.”

Tiger the Philanthropist could replace Tiger the Philanderer.

Now if you don’t have a spare million to donate, here are two simple, legitimate ways to contribute to the Haitian relief efforts:

  • Text ‘HAITI’ to 90999: This service was set up by the U.S. State Department. Texting “HAITI” to the number will donate $10 to the American Red Cross, and will appear as a charge on your wireless bill.
  • Text ‘YELE’ to 501501: This will donate $5 to Yele Haiti, a non-profit organization founded by singer and Haiti native Wyclef Jean. A donation to Yele will also appear as a charge on your cell bill.

Or, go HERE, HERE or HERE.