Michael Jordan Pledges To Donate $1m To Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts
Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $1 million ($810k) to Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas, having said he has been 'devastated' to see the destruction caused in the archipelago, where he owns property.
The former pro basketball player - who Forbes estimates to have a net worth of $1.9 billion (£1.5bn) - explained he would be 'tracking the situation closely' to determine where and how his donation will make the most impact.
In a statement, which was released by his manager Estee Portnoy, Jordan said: "I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently. My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.
"As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.
"The Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm."
Statement From Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/JIcPGE8y2C
- Estee Portnoy (@esteep) September 10, 2019
Last year, the 56-year-old former pro basketball player also donated $2m (£1.6m) to the Hurricane Florence relief effort in the Carolinas, having grown up in North Carolina.
He said in a statement at the time: "It's truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas. The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet."
Hurricane Dorian has been one of the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began.
With at least 50 fatalities and many more still missing, the United Nations has said more than 70,000 people on Abaco and Grand Bahama have been left homeless.
Hurricane Dorian originated in the Atlantic Ocean in late August, making landfall on 1 September at Elbow Cay on the Abaco Islands.
The category five storm battered the Bahamas for several days before making its way towards the United States, where it brought high winds and storm surges in the Carolinas.
It then moved along the US eastern seaboard, working northwards to Canada's Nova Scotia province as a post-tropical cyclone.
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