Message From Ricky

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Postby rinoa » Sun Sep 18, 2005 2:22 pm

Please take a moment to read this important message from Ricky. /Por favor lee este mensaje importante de Ricky.

FRIENDS,

To witness thousands of nameless persons in despair is overwhelming. Mother Nature's power makes us feel helpless, at first. But it also reminds us that in times of hardships, unity amongst nationalities is the means, the vehicle to give hope.

Perhaps, I seem like an idealist to many but I believe in alliances. On August 29, Katrina's rage left thousands homeless, killed hundreds, and displaced countless children. As I watched the images, I relived the devastation in Asia after the tsunami. Undoubtedly, in every natural disaster children are always the most vulnerable survivors. To deny them help is unacceptable.

Organizing the agenda to visit Houston was strenuous, yet possible. We made it happen. Now it's time to lend a hand, to the little ones. Thousands of them survived Katrina's fury and they need us. Last Friday, September 9th, we witnessed firsthand the reality that survivors are experimenting in The Astrodome, The Reliant Center, The Playground Center, and theTexas Children's Hospital.

The visit allowed us to understand their suffering, and empathize with their reality. I was able to somewhat comprehend, to be compassionate with my peers' sorrow. Likewise, being in the devastated zone strengthened the Foundation's relationship with other international and local organizations. Only together, we can draw the route to meet the real needs of the survivors.

Talking and exchanging ideas bridges communication. By asking and listening, many answers surfaced. And step by step, we create windows of opportunities for the well-being of a global agenda, our common thread. Details of what I felt, and feel will be shared in the coming days. In Thailand, our Foundation witnessed the rebirth of a country. Their strength, their hope moves us.

I am very thankful for all your support. Everyone who joined the crusade nurtured their spirit. But now we must aid the children who survived Katrina. I know you will help us help others. I will also like to share that the Foundation partnered with Banco Popular of Puerto Rico to give children clothes, shoes, educational games, and diapers. These items will be collected next week (September 15 & 16) in all branches that the bank has in Puerto Rico and various in the United States.

We also launched the LIFE for the Katrina CHILDREN Relief Fund at the http://www.rickymartinmusic.com to alleviate the burden that children, continue to experience during the aftermath.

Thanks. Gracias. Together we evolve.


Ricky Martin

Amigos,

Ver miles de rostros atribulados tras el fatidico paso del huracan Katrina en los estados de Luisiana, Misisipi y Alabama conmueve. Nos hace sentir diminutos ante la Madre Naturaleza. Pero tambien experiencias como esta, nos recuerdan que s?lo estrechando lazos humanos forjamos esperanza.

Bien pueden parecer suenos de un idealista para algunos, pero asi lo creo. Cuando el 29 de agosto, Katrina comenzaba a dejar en su estela de furia a miles de ninos desamparados, por mi mente viajaron imagenes del maremoto, en Asia. Sin lugar a dudas, los menores son nuevamente la poblacion mas vulnerable ante fenomenos atmosfericos. Negarles una mano es inaceptable.

Organizar la agenda para visitar Houston fue tarea ardua. Pero lo logramos. El momento para extender un gesto de solidaridad es ahora. Esos miles de ninos que sobrevivieron los embates de Katrina nos necesitan. El viernes, 9 de septiembre hicimos un recorrido por el Astrodome, el Reliant Center, la zona de juegos de los menores y el Texas Children's Hospital para conocer sus historias.

Estar ahi, me permitio entender y solidarizarme ante el dolor humano. Tambien permitio a nuestra Fundacion unirse a organizaciones internacionales y locales. Porque solamente en equipo, trazamos una ruta real de la ayuda que podemos brindar a los menores.


Hablando, compartiendo, nos comunicamos. Preguntando, escuchando obtuvimos respuestas. Y poco a poco, creamos ventanas de bien en la agenda de responsabilidad social que a todosnos une. Detalles de lo que viva y sienta los ire contando durante la semana. En Tailandia fuimos testigos del renacer de un pais. Ese renacer nos mueve.

Aprovecho y agradezco el apoyo que brindaron a la Fundacion tras el maremoto, todos nutrimos nuestro espiritu y formentamos nuestro compromiso . Ahora nos toca ayudar a los ninos que sobreviven, minuto a minuto, el impacto de Katrina. Cuento con ustedes.

Adelanto que mediante una alianza forjada con el Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, ubicaremos este jueves 15 y viernes, 16 de septiembre centros de acopio en todas las sucursales de Puerto Rico y en varias de los Estados Unidos, donde pueden llevar zapatos, ropa, juguetes educativos y panales.

Tambien lanzamos en el portal http://www.rickymartinmusic.com una campana de recaudos titulada LIFE for the Katrina CHILDREN Relief Fund para aminorar las dificultades que enfrenta los menores. Da Vida a un pequeno.

Agradezco tu donativo. Juntos haremos realidad una nueva oportunidad para miles de ninos a quienes ayudaremos a crecer.


Ricky Martin

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