WWE News: Sami Zayn talks about why he started SamiforSyria
Zayn established the humanitarian project in July of this year.
What's the story?
Sami Zayn opened up on the reasons for starting SamiforSyria, and said that it would have been him and his child suffering if his parents had not moved out of Syria earlier.
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Zayn, on his 33rd birthday, launched an online fund-raising campaign to provide medical care for war-victims in Syria.
Sami himself is Syrian-Canadian by origin, and explained that the cause is one very close to his heart.
The campaign reached its $48,000 goal on the 12th of August, though it is still active for donations.
The heart of the matter
Sami Zayn talked about SamiforSyria, and stated that he had started it as it is a cause very dear to his heart. His own Syrian origins made it very important to him, to help the people who are suffering.
It’s obviously a subject that’s very personal to me, being Syrian. I’m a Canadian-born Syrian, my parents are from Syria, my family lives in Syria—a lot of them have been displaced. I visited the country when I was younger. For the longest time, I wanted to figure out a way to help.
Sami talked about his personal connection with Syria, and said that he was only 13-14 years old when he last visited Syria, and pictures and videos of it now shock him. His initiative of SamiforSyria exceeded all expectations and the total is now near $70,000.
Zayn is not in any significant feud in SmackDown currently. There have been rumours recently that Zayn could make the switch to RAW soon.
Sami has always been a 'nice guy' in WWE and his wrestling persona and real life one are not that different.
Syria and Syrians have been suffering for years now and initiatives such as this by people with influence like Sami could help alleviate them from the crisis they are in.