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Gary Hebblewhite with children in Haiti

United Helps Haiti

Manchester United Project Manager Gary Hebblewhite recently visited Haiti to start plans in motion to rebuild a hospital on the island of La Gonave.

Manchester United Helps Haiti

The existing Wesleyan hospital is 50 years old with 33 beds serving a population of 110,000 on the island.
Gary will be working on the project, which is expected to take around 18 months, with a Scottish based charity called LemonAid. 

Whilst in Haiti Gary also visited other projects including an orphanage where he delivered some Manchester United goodies donated to the children by the Foundation.

“The orphanage on La Gonave is full of young children who were made orphans through the 2008 hurricanes.  It is a very emotional place to visit but they were thrilled with the presents that the Foundation sent to them.  Manchester United is famous all over the world and just having something with the crest on was priceless to them. “

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with around 60% of the population living in abject poverty.

Gary said:   “I am really excited about building the hospital and the overwhelming effect it will have on the local people. I first found out about the need for help at a charity function I attended in Dunfermline and it has kind of grown from there. The Club and the Foundation are being really supportive. I have taken one of our architects Alan Kypriadis out to Haiti and he has given up his time to help move the project forward, because he knows what a difference it will make. “

“We are really keen for anybody who wants to make a difference to volunteer their time so if you feel like you would like to help then please contact the Foundation – getinvolved@mufoundation.org.”

The Foundation will be launching a project in the new season where fans can donate old kits, and toys to be sent to the needy children in Haiti.