F1 driver Lewis Hamilton talks about Haiti and the impact of Hurricane Matthew
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News October 20, 2016 Updated: 9:44 PM
While many are preparing for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, livened up Thursday's press conference when he shared his experience visiting Haiti with UNICEF, two years ago, and the recent devestating impact of Hurricane Matthew, on the population.
“I haven’t another plan to go to Haiti, but I would love to. The trip that I had there was life-changing. To go to a country that has so much beauty but so much poverty was a huge eye-opener and obviously sad to see. But also to see the smiles on people who have so much less than all of us here. But knowing and seeing the devastation there and they don’t have the tools or the means to be able to make change and to recover from the difficult scenario they are in.”
He continued: “That’s why we have an opportunity, us, as drivers, who have the following we have, not necessarily particularly to have to encourage people, but some people perhaps don’t know where to go to help. People are constantly on their phones, and if they see ‘oh, I didn’t know I could just go online, or by the click of a button help change someone’s life’, so that’s what I try to do.
But I am working with Unicef on further plans for the future. I don’t know if it’s going to be in Haiti. If there’s a way I can get there and time for me to get there and help in any way. I don’t know what I could do, apart from taking a picture for social media, which is not really that helpful. But my thoughts and prayers are will all the families that are there,” said Hamilton.
Xiro Xone Autosport News Radio: Lewis Hamilton Talks About Hati And The Impact Of Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew was formed from a tropical wave that pushed off the coast of Africa, late last month. The tropical wave was dubbed Invest 97L, just southwest of the Cape Verde Islands on Sept. 25. It left 175,000 displaced people who are now housed in cramped living quarters throughout the Island. 307 temporary shelters are the only place the residents can call home.
There were 546 deaths, 438 injuries and 128 have been reported missing. The level of food insecurity, have become extreme. More than 806,000 will starve or suffer from dehydration and malnutrition if global citizens do not take action to help.
In addition to hunger, there have been 1, 421 suspected cases of cholera that cannot be properly treated because several treatment centers have been destroyed by, Hurricane Matthew.
Hamilton joins fellow drivers involved in charities such as, Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge and Jenson Button’s Trust Triathlon both which raised money for Cancer Research.