In the aftermath of the January earthquake, the devastation in this small Caribbean nation is almost beyond comprehension. And in a time when so many need so much, the NASCAR community is lending a hand. On Sunday, January 24, 2010, from 8:00 – 9:00 pm, SPEED will air the NASCAR Haiti Earthquake Relief program in an effort to bring attention to this troubled place and its people who are so desperately in need of help.
The NASCAR Haiti Earthquake Relief Special will be hosted by Rick Allen and Brad Daugherty. Within the show, there will be features spotlighting the tragedy in Haiti. We’ll show viewers what NASCAR is doing to help, and we’ll show viewers how they can help too.
To begin, the NASCAR Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our sport. We’ll take a look at the ways they’ve gone into action since the earthquake first hit.
We’ll also take a look at how individuals within the sport who are helping. For example, Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick is using his private planes to fly supplies from Miami into Haiti.
NASCAR is also working with other sports leagues. In Charlotte, the home of NASCAR, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats will team up with stock-car stars including Kyle Petty, Max Papis, Denny Hamlin, Michael Waltrip and the ‘48’ team of four-straight Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in order to raise awareness and funding for Haiti relief. This will include outside of the arena, there will be stock-cars where people can make donations.
The NASCAR Haiti Relief Special is NASCAR’s chance to make a difference. We can save lives, and comfort those in need. This is our chance to be a voice for those who must be heard. This is our chance to say, “Please help us help others.”