Cedi Osman-led support campaign for Elazig reach $65K
Total of 25 three-pointers hit during Cavs-Bulls game in NBA raises donations to help quake victims in Turkey's east
NBA player and Turkish international Cedi Osman's campaign for quake-hit Turkish province Elazig reached around $65,000 after the Cleveland Cavaliers - Chicago Bulls game on Saturday evening.
On Saturday, Osman announced via Twitter that he would donate $100 for every three-pointer made during the game.
Tonight I will donate 100 USD to the victims of earthquake in Elazığ, Turkey for every 3 points shot made by Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. Come on guys show what we can do together! @Cavs @chicagobulls @Kizilay— Cedi Osman (@cediosman) January 25, 2020
After some Turkish sports people, including Arda Turan, Nuri Sahin, Isil Alben, Yusuf Yazici, also pledged to donate the same amount, the campaign grew bigger.
Turkish people -- cheering on Cedi for the donation pledge -- also sent out messages to Turkish Red Crescent to help with 10 Turkish Liras for each SMS.
Osman's teammate Larry Nance Jr also took part in the donation, even increasing the limit for every hit three-pointer for Cedi and him to $200.
The Chicago Bulls won the match 118-106, and a total of 25 three-pointers made during the game.
After the game, Osman tweeted that at least 385,000 Turkish Liras ($64.8K) raised for the help of the quake-hit province in Turkey's east.
Maçta toplam 25 üçlük oldu. Ben ve @Larrydn22 toplamda 10.000 dolar bağışlıyoruz. @ArdaTuran @nurisahin @isilalben10 @yaziciyusuf97 her biri 2.500 dolardan 10.000 dolar. @zagortenay76 abi toplamda 250.000 TL, @AbkAdana 2.500 dolar katkı yapıyor. Burada toplam 385.000 TL birikti.— Cedi Osman (@cediosman) January 26, 2020
At least 31 people have died and over 1,500 others were injured in the earthquake.
The 6.8-magnitude quake shook Turkey's eastern Elazig province late Friday. Tremors were also felt in neighboring countries including Syria and Georgia.
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