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Did Usain Bolt and Shakira really donate millions to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew?

Usain Bolt and Shakira
Usain Bolt and Shakira

Some news articles are inaccurately crediting Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and Colombian singer Shakira with millions of dollars in donations to the hurricane-ravaged nation of Haiti.

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How is that?

Well, most foreign tabloids are claiming Usain Bolt donated $10m while Shakira donated $15m to help rebuild Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.

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On Saturday, October 8, 2016, Daily Mail published an article on the site reporting that Usain Bolt donated $10m to the nation of Haiti in the wake of devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew earlier that week:

This same information was replicated on other sites such as 3jamaica.com, us.blastingnews.com, voice-online.co.uk among others but it is said to be incorrect however. Like a previous instance of false reporting on Bolt’s charitable activities, the story was a hoax created to amass web traffic and ad revenues.

Now another site, Snopes, is saying all of these are false news, that neither Usain Bolt nor Shakira have donated to Haiti hurricane… at least none that they know of.

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It is also said that, while Shakira has visited Haiti in the past and contributed to its rebuilding after the 2010 earthquake, the more recent stories about her donating millions to Haitian hurricane relief — like those about Usain Bolt — are pure fiction.

We reached out to both camps of Shakira and Usain Bolt but none of them have returned our calls as of the time of this report.


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