MANILA, Philippines – More help is on the way for typhoon-ravaged Visayas region.
Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers pledged before the game to donate $1,000 for every point he scored against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, November 22. This is in support of UNICEF’s fundraising efforts for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines.
He ended up scoring a game-high 24 points en route to a 102-95 Lakers victory. This means that a total of $24,000 will be donated to support relief efforts.
$24,000 for my friends in the Philippines! If you want to join the effort, here you can http://t.co/Sz9oRu1tiq . Thanks for your help!— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) November 23, 2013
The Spanish 7-footer anounced his intent to pledge via his Twitter account and received tremendous support from his more than 2.3 million followers.
Many followed his lead and also offered to pledge on various other stats in the game. Some promised a dollar for every point Gasol made. Others said they would donate $55 for every rebound, while some pledged $15 for every blocked shot.
@paugasol i will pledge 55 dollars for every rebound you get— Will Stream (@WStreamer34) November 21, 2013
Gasol has shown sympathy and support for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda by retweeting messages and images of hope for the Philippines, including a photo of Filipinos playing basketball in the ruined streets of Tacloban.
Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson also offered to pledge $50 for Gasol’s every point and for every rebound, as well as $1000 for every charge taken. Since Gasol had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Jackson is set to donate $1,700.
@paugasol i’m in for $50 per point, $50 per rebound, and $1000 for every charge taken, mi compadre— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) November 21, 2013
The Lakers previously donated $150,000 to the Philippine Red Cross. – Rappler.com