January 05, 2005

Muralitharan leads Sri Lankan aid convoys.: He might have a dodgy bowling action, but he seems to be making sure there are no backhanders involved in the distribution of aid in Sri Lanka.

posted by JJ to general at 07:43 AM - 4 comments

Great story. What a guy. And he's not a bad bowler either. The actions of sports stars has been pretty great over the past week or so. The Premier League has given a million quid, MUFC has given 100k, Maria Sharapova has donated $10k, and there's a charity 1-day cricket match next week between Asia XI (including Murali?) and a World XI which looks exciting. I even read about a German luge team who had given some of their earnings. Anyone hear of any more?

posted by afx237vi at 08:21 AM on January 05, 2005

Some NBA stars have ponied up $1K per point they score this Friday night. The Globetrotters are also kicking in at least $100,000. And I heard this morning on the radio that Michael Schumacher is giving roughly $10 million.

posted by 86 at 08:36 AM on January 05, 2005

well, he's not an athlete, but roberto clemente jr. was going to commemorate his father's ill-fated flight on new year's eve by accompanying a plane to nicaragua with money and supplies. he decided to take everything to south asia instead. i found it rather eerie that the nicaragua quake in '72 and the tsunami hit on the same date.

posted by goddam at 08:51 AM on January 05, 2005

Wasn't the Iran (Baam?) earthquake last year on Boxing Bay too? A colleague at work is convinced these things are aligned with his watching of the film Tremors, but I'm fairly sure he's wrong about that. Either way, he should stop watching it.

posted by JJ at 10:16 AM on January 05, 2005

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