Ben Stiller has already helped raise over $1 million to support an effort to deliver food to Somalis facing starvation.
The 51-year-old Zoolander actor teamed up with the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and Jerome Jarre of Vine and Snapchat fame to raise the funds – and they did it in just 19 hours!
“This is the story of what can happen when the power of social media is leveraged for something good,” Casey said in a YouTube video, explaining the steps they took to achieve their goal.
The process involved Jerome taking to Twitter (in a now-viral tweet) to ask Turkish Airlines to fill up one of its flights with food and other supplies. Stars like Ben and Casey then followed suit, and the airline delivered – it plans to carry around 60 tons of food to Somalia on its first flight over.
Somalia is currently facing a drought and famine crisis, with more than 6 million people (over half the population) in need of food. (via CNN)
Watch Ben‘s video message below, and donate here!
If you have 2 minutes and 20 seconds check this out. #TurkishAirlinesHelpSomalia pic.twitter.com/r0u3xh5spG
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) March 15, 2017
Click inside to watch the other videos…
INTERNET!! WE HAVE A PLANE!!
THIS IS HISTORY!!
NOW LET'S GET THE FOOD !!!
➡️ https://t.co/kxHgDzvNxY#LoveArmyForSomalia pic.twitter.com/6XBy5IWb9e
— JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) March 17, 2017
WE HAVE 10 DAYS TO GET A MILLION DOLLAR$
Ready for take off to help Somalia ❤ ✈ @jeromejarre @redhourben @chakabars @eljuanpazurita #LoveArmyForSomalia #TurkishAirlines4Somalia pic.twitter.com/srVkpDYi09
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) March 17, 2017
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