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Who needs a practice round: Rory McIlroy to make humanitarian trip to Haiti before US Masters

Published 25/03/2013 | 14:36

Rory McIlroy distributes aid to children in Port-au-Prince in June 2011
Rory McIlroy distributes aid to children in Port-au-Prince in June 2011

RORY McIlroy will warm up for US Masters in Augusta with a visit to Haiti next week.

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The world number one and UNICEF Ireland Ambassador today announced that he will visit Haiti next week, on a humanitarian mission to support UNICEF’s life-saving work in the country.

The two-time major winner will travel for a two-day visit at the beginning of next week to meet children and families in Haiti to see how their lives have changed since his last visit in 2011 following the devastating 2010 earthquake which ravished the country just a week before he travels to Georgia for the first major of 2013.

Whilst in Haiti, Rory will visit schools and communities that are benefiting from UNICEF-supported projects to improve child health and education through the provision of clean water and improved hygiene.

Speaking today, McIlroy said: “Thankfully, I have experienced some success in recent years and this is an opportunity for me to use that success to support a great organisation. It has been nearly two years since my last visit to Haiti and I’m really excited to be going back.

“Haiti is an inspiring and humbling country where children face daily struggles and deprivation unnecessarily.

“If my presence there helps to create international awareness of the difficulties Haitian children face, then I am delighted to help.

“During my last visit, I witnessed daily life for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

“UNICEF’s great work in Haiti is helping to combat disease and change lives. Their work is something I am extremely passionate about and admire.”

Rory McIlroy has been an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland since 2011 when he took part in his first field visit to Haiti.

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