Microsoft has announced that the world-wide sales of “All You Need Is Love” on Xbox Live and The Beatles: Rock Band Special Edition Bundles has raised $217,780 for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which is working to help those in Haiti who have had their lives changed by the devastating earthquake that struck the country, killing and injuring thousands on January 12. When you download “All You Need Is Love” on Xbox Live, the value of 112 Microsoft Points will be donated to the MSF. This offer ends on January 31, 2010. Microsoft, Apple Corps Ltd, MTV Games and Harmonix have really stepped up to help those in need and it really says a lot of not only the gaming community as a whole, but also what these corporations are doing for a good cause.
MSF has been in Haiti since 1991, helping the residents of Port-au-Prince with medical emergencies and treatment. 800 staff members went right to work on that terrible day, setting up triage centers and performing life saving surgeries to those with major trauma, broken bones, and crush injuries. An inflatable MSF hospital equipped with two operating centers has been erected and is helping those in need, and MSF cargo planes loaded with emergency personnel and supplies are now on the ground doing what they can. MSF is running 15 hospitals in and outside of the capital, has treated over 6,000 patients, and has conducted nearly 1,000 surgical operations. This cause needs our help though.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of people around the world who have contributed to us through the download of “All You Need Is Love” and the sales of the one-of-a-kind Xbox console,” said Dr. Matthew Spitzer, president of the Board of Directors for MSF-USA. “It is because of funds generated from initiatives such as this that MSF was able to respond to the Haiti earthquake so quickly, providing urgent lifesaving medical care immediately in the aftermath.” he added. “With your continued support, we will be able to carry on our medical work in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. On behalf of our patients, MSF says ‘Thank You.’”
Check out www.xbox.com/thebeatlesrockband and www.doctorswithoutborders.org for more information and how you can donate to this great cause. Download it today everybody, because you can make a difference.