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Global phenomenon Justin Bieber is kicking off the season of giving with his ambitious Believe Charity Drive. He will donate a share of the sales from his forthcoming holiday release on RBMG/Island Def Jam, Under the Mistletoe, to seven different charities, including Project Medishare for Haiti! Additionally, he is calling on fans to contribute to specific charities in an effort to amass millions of dollars in total donations.

“Today I wanted to make a very special announcement to my fans,” Bieber explains. “I am officially launching the Believe Charity Drive. Together we can do anything, because I know firsthand that if you believe in your dreams, everything is possible. I am kicking off this campaign on November 1st with my holiday album, UNDER THE MISTLETOE. With every album you purchase, I will give a portion of the proceeds to the BELIEVE CHARITY DRIVE. The BELIEVE CHARITY DRIVE directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. Let’s set a goal to raise several million dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, BELIEVE. With your help we can make a change…Never say never and God Bless!”

To learn more visit www.justinbiebermusic.com the premiere destination for all things Justin, including the BELIEVE CHARITY DRIVE, which is powered by the online fundraising platform StayClassy and can be accessed directly by clicking here.

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We wanted to share this lovely message we received from a member of the Project Medishare for Haiti staff:

“What a great and busy few days Team Zaryen has had! The trip included: a halftime exhibition at the DC United vs. Portland Timbers game at RFK Stadium in DC, a live taping at Fox News CT, a meet and greet with the Governor of Connecticut at the State House, scrimmage and soccer clinic in Stamford, a re-union with Ralph Gedeon who was an ISTAT (International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading) Medivac patient from the earthquake, a NY Red Bulls Pre-Game exhibition and a meet and greet with the team, an appearance on Fox and Friends’ national morning show followed by a tour of Times Square and the surrounding area, a Soccer Clinic in Astoria, and finally a shopping trip in Newark, New Jersey’s Wal-Mart where they shopped for their families with such care.

Suffice it to say that the past week has been nothing short of magic! With their sincerity, humility and big hearts; the members of Team Zaryen captured hearts and inspired those wherever they went. It has been my privilege to be part of this team for the past 21 months and I am most grateful. The team wanted to extend their thankfulness to everyone affiliated with Project Medishare and the Knights of Columbus. You all would have been so proud of these incredible, resilient and spiritual men and women as they shared their experience, strength and hope not only with the Wounded Warriors but everywhere they went.”

Team Zaryen in their Nike Soccer donated uniforms

Team Zaryen in their Nike Soccer donated uniforms

Project Medishare for Haiti would like to once again thank Nike Soccer, Perry Ellis and of course the Knights of Columbus.

Team Zaryen meeting with members of the NY Red Bulls

Team Zaryen meeting with members of the NY Red Bulls

We also wanted to send a special thank you to everyone that came out to meet and support Team Zaryen during their Inspiration Tour, without all of you this would not have been possible.

Team Zaryen in Times Square

Team Zaryen in Times Square

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Project Medishare for Haiti would like to thank the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity for their generous donation in honor of Dr. Gerald Bertoni, father of Dr. Alain Bertoni. Dr. Alain Bertoni is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Internal Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Director of Research at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.

Maya Angelou herself has been a longstanding supporter of Project Medishare for Haiti. Dr. Angelou and her son Guy Johnson narrated the film Once There Was a Country which examined the healthcare crisis in Haiti and highlighted the rich cultural heritage and the little known triumphs of the country that became the first black-ruled nation after the first successful slave revolt in 1791. She also wrote the following for Save Haiti Saturday (a fundraising campaign started by Project Medishare supporters after the 2010 earthquake): “The question is, am I my brother and sister’s keeper? The answer is more than that. I am my brother and my sister. I am a person trapped in a building which has collapsed in Haiti. I am a father who cannot get to his children in Haiti. I am a mother who is injured holding her injured baby with no aid. I’m not ashamed to say I need your help and I am grateful to say thank you.”

This donation from the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity is especially important not only because of Dr. Angelou’s connection with Haiti but also because of Dr. Bertoni’s connection with the country. “Dr. Alain Bertoni is the son of two physicians who immigrated to the United States from Haiti before he was born.  He spent a week of his personal time in Haiti last year helping out in the tent hospital after the earthquake, working with Project Medishare. His commitment to help was deeply felt and something that mattered very much to him”- Winona K. Gilbert

Dr. Alain Bertoni (L) at the Project Medishare field hospital in Haiti

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Team Zaryen, Haiti’s amputee soccer team which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Project Medishare, will be participating in the Haitian Inspiration Tour in the United States from October 16-October 22, 2011. The team will host soccer clinics for wounded U.S. soldiers, perform exhibits for Major League Soccer halftime shows and scrimmage against Connecticut high school students. A website featuring Team Zaryen’s Story, Tour schedule, Team information, Mission statement, News and Photos was just unveiled and you can check it out here!

The Team Zaryen Haitian Inspiration Tour schedule is as follows:

Monday, October 17, 2011:
Washington D.C
1-3pm: Amputee Soccer Clinic with service members (Walter Reed Army Medical Center)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011:
Washington D.C
10:30am-12 noon: Soccer Clinic at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
12:15-1:30pm: Demonstration Game Team Zaryen vs. American Amputee Soccer Team

Wednesday, October 19, 2011:
Washington D.C
10:30am-12 noon: Soccer Clinic at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
8pm: D.C. United vs. Portland Timbers (Team Zaryen performs at half-time show)

Thursday, October 20, 2011:
Stamford, Connecticut
10:30am: Team Zaryen is welcomed to Connecticut by Governor Dannel P. Malloy
2pm: Demonstration with students at Trinity High School in Stamford, Conn.
Harrison, New Jersey
8pm: New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union at the Red Bull Arena (Team Zaryen performs at half-time show)

Friday, October 21, 2011:
New York City Media events

We want to wish Wilfrid and Team Zaryen a successful tour next week. As always, please be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter feeds often to get up to date information on all things Project Medishare.

Thank you to Nike Soccer and Lynn Merritt for donating the awesome uniforms to Team Zaryen and to Perry Ellis for outfitting the members of  the team off the field!

This would not be possible without the help of the Knights of Columbus, thank you for your continued partnership with Project Medishare!

Team Zaryen

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