Jeremy Lin no longer earns an NBA paycheque, but the former Toronto Raptors guard is still being generous to charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lin, who now plays basketball in Beijing, announced today that he will be making a $150,000 contribution to UNICEF in an effort to help fight the coronavirus globally. This donation matches his $150,000 contribution to the China Foundation announced four days ago.
The 31-year-old also donated one million Chinese Yuan (approximately CAD $200,000), through his foundation, to get medical equipment to Wuhan.
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It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes. Let’s change the way we eat, change the way we live, change the way we treat each other. You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do What we gotta do, to survive. As Tupac once said, it’s time for some changes – from me, you, everyone. Lets focus on what we can do in these challenging times. In our effort to battle this virus, I’m matching my $150K China foundation donation with an additional $150K contribution to @UNICEFUSA to help fight COVID-19 globaly while partnering w governments. This donation is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions affected by the closing of schools, missed paychecks, etc. Please JOIN ME in this donation to make a global impact by going to www.unicefusa.org/jlin7 It doesn’t matter how much you donate or what you do, just encouraging everyone take one step to love someone in need. Love melts hate. Light outshines darkness. Be apart of the change you wanna see. Stay together, much love ❤️
“As Tupac once said, it’s time for some changes — from me, you, everyone,” Lin said on his most recent Instagram post. “Let’s focus on what we can do in these challenging times. In our effort to battle this virus, I’m matching my $150K China Foundation donation with an additional $150K contribution to [UNICEF] to help fight COVID-19 globally while partnering [with] governments.
“This donation is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions affected by the closing of schools, missed paychecks, etc.”
Lin is inviting people to join in on his donation by going to UNICEF USA’s website.
“It doesn’t matter how much you donate or what you do, just encouraging everyone (sic) take one step to love someone in need. Love melts hate. Light outshines darkness. Be apart of the change you wanna see. Stay together, much love.”
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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been monitoring coronavirus and the darkness it’s casted over the world. News headlines of racism, xenophobia, attacks on Asians and decaying trust towards people. All heartbreaking and the opposite of God’s kingdom. But for every fear-inducing headline, I see hope. I see doctors and nurses fighting the front lines in China, Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and more. I see people helping people in countries regardless of race or background. Talk less out of hate, more out of empathy. Lets talk about the man who made 16,000 meals for frontline workers. Lets appreciate the doctor who postponed his wedding and then tragically lost his life fighting the virus. He’s a hero.Lets be inspired and demand justice for Meera Solanki who defended her Asian friend against an aggressive man in Birmingham only to be knocked unconscious. Lets follow suit and take action like Inner Mongolia who sent 2500 tons of potatoes to Wuhan. There are many examples of racism but also countless examples of hope – May Lee and her podcast, the Guardian Angels group, companies donating masks, all the bold frontline workers and more. Dont criticize unless youre willing to be a part of the solution. With my bball foundation in China, we’ve donated 1 million RMB to get medical equipment to Wuhan. I’ll also be donating an additional $150,000 towards fighting this virus. Let’s all do our part to quarantine, wash our hands vigorously, wear a protective mask to avoid germs spreading and do our part to share facts and preventative measures. Stay together, fight on! Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good — Romans 12:9