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Carnival, Miami HEAT donate $1.5 million plus for Philippine typhoon relief

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Communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines will receive a helping hand of more than $1.5 million donated by the Carnival Corporation and the Miami HEAT. The donation is more than a $500,000 increase from the partner's original pledge.

“The typhoon in the Philippines caused massive destruction, having a tragic impact on people and families there, including those members of our extended Carnival family who reside in the region,” said Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation and Miami HEAT owner.

“We evaluated a number of worthy organizations that are doing fantastic work in the Philippines and elected to go with these special organizations that are doing extraordinary relief work.”

Along with a generous donation from the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, the donation will go to the following charities and support organizations:
· UNICEF - $500,000
· Save the Children - $300,000 (includes $50,000 donation from P&O Cruises Australia)
· Direct Relief - $250,000
· International Red Cross - $150,000 (includes donations from P&O Cruises UK, Princess Cruises and Cunard)
· International Medical Corps - $50,000 (donation from Princess Cruises)

“It is vitally important that we do everything possible to help those impacted by this tragedy,” said Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American.

“My thanks and appreciation to Carnival, Micky Arison and the entire Miami HEAT organization for their generous support and donations along with everything else they are doing to provide the critical relief that is so badly needed for so many people.”

Carnival Corporation’s individual brands are also providing nearly $350,000 in funds – including $100,000 grants each from Carnival Cruise Lines and the Costa Group -- to support Filipino employees and families impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and its employees will continue to support the ongoing relief efforts through local fundraising and other initiatives.

Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise company in the world, with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK).

Together, these brands operate 101 ships totaling 208,000 lower berths with eight new ships scheduled to be delivered between spring 2014 and fall 2016.

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