Sami Zayn might portray an annoying spaz on SmackDown, but behind the scenes, it’s clear that he cares about people – and he was recently honored with a major humanitarian award recognizing his fundraising efforts for war-torn Syria.
Zayn, who is Syrian-Canadian, first announced his “Sami For Syria” initiative in July 2017, with the goal being to fund a mobile medical clinic in Syria. Proving the generosity of Zayn’s fans, it only took a month to reach his $48,000 goal.
Tears of joy on the proudest day of my life.
Our mobile clinic in Syria is up & running!
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) August 31, 2017
But Zayn didn’t stop his fundraising with one mobile clinic. In December, he upped the ante by running a special promotion to match whatever fans donated on Christmas Day. That ended up being $10,000.
Indeed, Zayn’s fundraising initiative is still going; and over the weekend, he was recognized for his incredible work when the Syrian American Medical Society presented him with The Humanitarian Award.
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Last night @sams_usa presented me with The Humanitarian Award, an honor I can't put into words. There are others who deserve acclaim far more than I do. Namely, the medical workers risking their lives to save others in Syria. Please support them. Donate: www.SamiForSyria.com
Zayn’s acceptance speech was uploaded onto WWE’s official YouTube channel. Watch below.
The things wrestlers do for their fans – and just people in general – never ceases to amaze me.
Of course, there is much more to be done in Syria and it’s difficult to imagine the horrors that the Syrian people are currently living through. Zayn undoubtedly recognizes just how lucky he is that his parents were able to immigrate to Canada and make a better life for their family, and I’m sure he’ll continue to do whatever he can to help those still living in Syria.
If you’d like to help Zayn’s cause in providing mobile medical care for the people of Syria, be sure to donate at SamiForSyria.com.
What do you think of Zayn’s Sami For Syria initiative? Share your thoughts and comments below!