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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Robbie lends a hand to Haiti charity efforts

Elizabeth Barrett

Singer Robbie Williams met children left injured and homeless during a visit to earthquake-hit Haiti.

Williams, a Unicef ambassador, visited the country with the charity to help mark the 90-day anniversary of the disaster this week. Up to 200,000 people died when the 7.0 magnitude quake struck on January 12.

Among those he spoke to was nine-year-old Denise Emurielle, who lost her home in the earthquake and now lives in temporary shelters in 'Pinchinat' -- a tented camp on a football pitch in Jacmel.

Denise's school building was destroyed, but the charity and its partners have set up schooling facilities for the pupils.

Williams said: "This earthquake hit children the hardest. The children there are so vulnerable; they're living day to day without the basic things they need and at risk of violence and abuse. I don't know about you, but I think this is wrong and we need to put it right for those children."

Football fan Williams is among the famous faces supporting Soccer Aid 2010, ITV1's celebrity football match at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 6 to raise money for Unicef.

During his Haiti trip, he made an appeal film that will be shown during Soccer Aid.

For more information, visit www.socceraid.org.uk.

Irish Independent

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