– As part of its ongoing effort to support relief and reconstruction work in Haiti, the National Hockey League has donated $100,000 to the "Hockey for Haiti" initiative, which will benefit World Vision Canada's emergency response in Haiti.
"Hockey for Haiti" is a fundraising initiative that was started by Haitian-Canadian Georges Laraque
, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and World Vision Canada after the January earthquake. The NHL's financial contribution will help World Vision address the medical and health needs of the earthquake survivors and will directly support the rebuilding of the Grace Children's Hospital in Port-au-Prince, which was devastated by the earthquake.
Grace Children's Hospital is recognized as Haiti's leading medical facility dedicated to the treatment of children with tuberculosis. Though the hospital still stands, its walls are cracked and crumbling, and a large tent now serves as an inpatient ward.
"Despite the generous response from the global community, there is more work to be done," said Kenneth Martin
, Jr., Vice President of Community Affairs for the NHL. "Today, with this additional donation earmarked for the rebuilding of Grace Children's Hospital, we can help some of the youngest victims and inspire people throughout North America to do everything they can to aid the children of Haiti."
"This generous donation from the NHL will support hundreds of children and families still reeling from the devastating earthquake in Haiti," said Dave Toycen, President of World Vision Canada. "The rebuilding of Grace Children's Hospital will mean hope not only to children who were physically and emotionally traumatized by the quake, but a place of healing and restoration for generations of children to come."
"The Hockey for Haiti initiative began as a partnership with the NHLPA and World Vision to help those children and families still recovering from January 12 earthquake," said Laraque. "I would like to thank the NHL for providing additional financial support to Grace Children's Hospital that will go towards the provision of critical healthcare and medical recovery to the children of Haiti."
Since the January 12 earthquake, the NHL, its Member Clubs, players and fans have been actively involved in the Haiti relief efforts, donating more than $1 million and mobilizing online and in-arena text-to-give support from fans. The NHL's support of the Hockey for Haiti initiative is a component of "The Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice™," the National Hockey League's social responsibility program that builds on the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.