‘Zo Jumps to Rebuild Haiti

Former Heat star jumps on a plane to lend a hand in Haiti

When the call came to help the earthquake victims in Haiti, it's no surprise retired Heat star Alonzo Mourning was one of the first to answer the call.

Mourning flew to Haiti on Friday to assist relief workers in earthquake-ravaged Port-au-Prince in person. The visit is more than a show of support for relief efforts.

Mourning told the Palm Beach Post he planned on rebuilding Haiti with his bare hands if he had to.

"I'll do manual labor or any other kind of labor. I'm here to help them," Mourning told the newspaper.

While Mourning is away, he has called on Dwyane Wade to man relief efforts in South Florida. D-Wade is trying to recruit other pro athletes in an effort to raise funds for the recovery. Zo and Wade are calling their venture the "Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti."

Mourning arrived in the devastated capital Friday morning on a plane with Project Medishare, a Miami-based nonprofit agency that has worked since 1995 to provide quality health care in Haiti.

"The Haitian community has deep roots in Miami, a city which I have personally claimed as my own home for 15 years," Mourning
said. "As a longtime resident, I feel a profound sense of sadness for my many affected friends and neighbors. However, I am confident we can work together to make a difference."

The Heat have also announced plans to send money and supplies, asking fans to give in exchange for ticket vouchers to February games. Mourning is a vice president within the organization.

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