Today WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) is remembering all the lives lost and innocent people affected by the catastrophic earthquake that shook Haiti a year ago on this date. Berto, a 2004 Haitian Olympian, was in training camp preparing for his matchup with Shane Mosley when he received word of the devastating earthquake and those lost within his own family. He chose to withdraw from the career-defining fight to travel Haiti and aid in the relief efforts. He had the following thoughts one year after the devastating national disaster.
“It was one year ago today that we all heard the piercing cry of a nation hit by a catastrophic natural disaster that sent shock waves heard around the world. The deadly earthquake took over 300,000 innocent lives, and left countless thousands more homeless and shedding tears of pain and horror. We witnessed the full might of Mother Nature’s strength as she crumbled the earth. The survivors from that fateful day will continue living on, but with mental and physical scars that will never let them forget that January day.
“The strong country has been battered, but the pride and the spirit of the people will never wither. Haiti is a place I hold very dear to my heart and we will continue to stay strong and work to rebuild toward a better Haiti. Although the images of their struggles aren’t on television daily anymore, the Haitian people continue to struggle so please continue to remember their plight.
“Today, on the one-year anniversary of the earthquake, I ask everyone to please take time for a moment of silence for those lives lost. Thank u…. Ayiti Cheri- Mwen Pap Jam Bliye Ou-L’union fait la force!!!”
Since the disaster, Andre Berto has created the Berto Dynasty Foundation to assist in raising funds and rebuilding the shattered nation. The Foundation has been working with fellow charitable agencies currently working in Haiti since its inception in early 2010 and plans to continue these efforts in 2011. For more information on the Berto Dynasty Foundation, go to www.andreberto.com and click on the Berto Dynasty Foundation link.