Michael Schumacher Donates $10 Million in Tsunami Aid

Schumacher gives $10 million in tsunami (Reuters)

Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is to donate $10 million (5.3 million pounds to help the victims of the South Asian tsunami, his manager Willi Weber says. The donation from Schumacher was announced by Weber on a German television fundraising drive that on Tuesday evening received more than 34 million euros in pledges.

“It’s so unfathomable and horrible what happened to so many people,” Schumacher, who turned 36 on Monday, said in comments on his website. “One cannot simply blind it out. We’re suffering with them.”

I heard about this on the radio on my way in to work, but forgot about it until Michelle Malkin mentioned it on her site. She also notes that Shumacher was personally affected by the tragedy, as his bodyguard, Burkhard Cramer, was killed in Phuket.

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