Germany pulls together to donate to Haiti fund
Members of the German national team have donated €150,000 to help the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
Germany captain Michael Ballack revealed the sum as part of a special charity programme on Germany's ZDF television station.
''Whoever has followed this limitless distress on television or read newspaper articles explaining the background to the grim situation in the country cannot just do nothing,'' Ballack said. ''Therefore, the Germany national team has very quickly decided to get involved in the fight against the consequences of the earthquake and help the innocent victims who are in an emergency situation.
''Last week, a few of us called each other - players, coaches and managers - and at the weekend we decided that everybody would make their contribution to an overall donation of €150,000 which is a clear sign that we want to help the poorest of the poor in this tragic situation so that the survivors of the earthquake catastrophe in Haiti can find new courage to live.''
Meanwhile, Bundesliga clubs Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich have announced plans for a friendly match to be played within the next six months with all proceeds going to the victims of the Haiti quake.
The two main sponsors of Wolfsburg and Bayern, Volkswagen and Audi respectively, have guaranteed the match will raise at least one million euros.
''We have all seen the terrible pictures from Haiti and we have all been deeply affected,'' said Dr Martin Winterkorn, chairman of Volkswagen AG and also a member of the Bayern Munich advisory panel. It was immediately clear that we would help.
''VW and Audi are going to bring together their sporting partners and guarantee at least one million euros will be made available to 'Hilfe fur Haiti' (Help for Haiti).''
The two automobile giants will not wait for the match to be staged before presenting the charity with the money, however. They have already transferred the sum of one million euros to be used immediately to help with reconstruction and aid efforts in the country.
''We hope to help as many children and people in Haiti as possible with this game,'' added Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The match between Wolfsburg and Bayern will be scheduled for before the World Cup and will be be played at the Wolves' VW-Arena home.
Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach have promised to donate all income from tickets sold for this weekend's Bundesliga clash with Werder Bremen to the Haiti fund.
Over 10,000 tickets are still on sale and the club hope to make a donation of ''around €200,000'', according to club president Rolf Konigs.
Schalke fans have also dug deep, with their efforts seeing the club's manager Felix Magath present a cheque for €100,000 to the relief effort.