March 04, 2011 11:30 AM by Allyson Wells
While best known for being the host of The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan is also known for lending his celebrity to charitable causes. Most recently, Keoghan is speaking out on the devastating earthquake that hit his homeland and hometown in New Zealand. Speaking to various news outlets, Keoghan reveals the devastation and how you can help.
While speaking with CBS News, Keoghan visited the ravaged town of Christchurch. “As for the people, although they’re shaken, I can assure you they’re definitely not broken. This is where I was born, it’s where I went to high school, university, where I got my first job. And I feel it’s important to come back home, because I want to share the stories of what’s happening here, and also to let everybody know what they can do to help.”
Keoghan also wants the rest of the world to know is that New Zealand is still on its feet. “What we have to be very careful of is that overseas doesn’t think that all of New Zealand has fallen down. The message that I’ve been trying to communicate is that the doors for tourism in New Zealand are open. If you’ve got trips planned to New Zealand, don’t cancel them, make sure you take that trip because that’s the best way you can come support us. We can’t have people think that somehow they cant’ come and be a tourist. Tourism is 9% of the GDP, it makes up $15 billion of our income. If estimates are right and we’ve lost $15 billion from this earthquake, we can’t take another hit of another $15 billion from tourists not coming to New Zealand.”
Keoghan promised, “People have been knocked down, but they’re refusing to stay down.” If they have Keoghan’s spirit, the Kiwis will be back on their feet soon.
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