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Ricky Martin dedicates humanitarian award to charity volunteers

Pop star Ricky Martin has dedicated a new award for his humanitarian efforts to all the volunteers who leaped into action in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
The Livin’ La Vida Loca hitmaker was presented with the Corazon Latino Award at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina in California on Saturday (04Nov17), in recognition of his work to raise money for much needed food and supplies to help his fellow Puerto Ricans recover from the natural disaster, which knocked out all power to the Caribbean island in September (17).
However, Ricky insists the “real heroes” of the hurricane efforts are the ordinary civilians who have volunteered their time to aid others.
“This award is not for me,” he told People Chica backstage at the bash. “I dedicate it to those who I believe are the real stars: to all those volunteers that have worked so hard, to all those people who have come to the light.They are the real heroes that nobody knew. Since the hurricane, they have been present and have worked hard 24 hours a day to bring comfort and hope to the victims. We will continue this fight.”
Ricky has made a number of mercy missions from his home in the U.S. to Puerto Rico, each time taking a plane full of basic necessities to distribute among the hurricane survivors, but he insists there is still a lot of work to do.
“This is a commitment for many years to come, because, unfortunately, we were hit very hard,” he continued.
Meeting the survivors during his trips to the U.S. territory has also been an emotional experience for Ricky, who is continuing to urge everyone to do what they can to help ongoing recovery efforts.
“Being with the victims was very difficult because that’s when you realise how serious the situation is,” he said. “Unfortunately, the images we see on the news don’t do justice to the reality of what has happened in Puerto Rico. It’s been over 40 days after the hurricane and still a majority of the island is without power and water. There are a lot of people without food, without medicine. Many hospitals are still working with generators, but there is no diesel fuel for them. It has been social chaos and that is very difficult to accept, but we have to pull up our sleeves and get to work. That’s every citizen’s duty right now.”
Ricky isn’t the only celebrity doing his part for disaster relief – last month (Oct17), Jennifer Lopez teamed up with her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez and her ex-husband Marc Anthony to stage their own TV gig, One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief, raising $35 million (£26.6 million) for those in need, while she also performed at JAY-Z’s star-studded Tidal X Brooklyn concert in New York on 17 October (17), which brought in a further $3.7 million (£2.8 million) for the cause.

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