Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Andre Berto continues efforts in Haiti

Former two-time welterweight beltholder Andre Berto, a Winter Haven, Fla., resident who is of Hatian descent, is continuing relief efforts in his family's native country in relation to the earthquake which devastated that island nation in January of 2010.

Having joined his partners at Project Medishare to raise funds for their Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port Au Prince, Berto spent this past Friday with many of the facility's youngest patients, handing out Christmas presents and visiting the children as they undergo treatment at the venue.

"Spending time with these kids and giving them something to smile about was the perfect way to start my holiday," said Berto, in a prepared statement. "Making the people around me happy is better than any Christmas present I could get."

Although Berto (28-3, 22 knockouts) has lost three of his past four bouts, the last by 12th-round stoppage loss to Jesus Soto Karass, whom he dropped in the 11th round in July, the 30-year-old has remained a part of the healing in Haiti with projects such as the charitable organization, Generosity Water, that enabled water wells to be built providing drinking water for thousands of Haitians.

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